Lessons from Atlantropa, the megaproject to unite Europe (& erase Africa)
Fascinating and terrifying. But it does make one wonder how to harness the oceans for power - without destroying them. We humans never seem to think of the others. Not just the humans but all the creatures that live in the land he would flood?
So very much to unpack in this story. This expression is a priceless gift: "a perfect turducken of Nopes".
Thanks for this great article! I first learned of this idea in the "The New Order" mod released for the strategy game "Hearts of Iron IV". It's a dystopian sci-fi-ish look at a future where the Nazis won WWII. Among the over the top developments: the damming of the Straits of Gibraltar!
I had no idea there was a kernel of truth in that idea. Thanks for the education!
I LOVE your ability to find and bring quirky history to life. I have never heard of this guy or this proposed project, and am not surprised it existed but fascinated to read about it. It brings so many modern and often outlandish mega-projects into perspective, too. I'm thinking of the way Singapore is building up its land base by taking Cambodia's sand and putting the survivability of many people in fishing communities at risk.
The ocean season went so many places I didn't expect and it was such a fun ride!
Wow, this is fascinating!
This sounds like a plan that might combat rising sea levels. If water is desalination it could be disturbed to arid regions across the globe, and the dams reopened to are the Mediterranean sea to refill from the ocean making Ocean levels lower and maybe even decreasing desalination in oceans reducing climate change.
First off, I love when you reference things I love like Red Mars and Force Ten From Navarone. And now I have to find a copy of the Many Coloured Land.
Finally, what an insane idea this guy had.