Science: Birth of an Island

Britons sometimes like to forget that their proud island was once a mere peninsula of the European continent—a condition that, as geologists figure it, ceased only a short time ago. Dr. Harold Godwin of Cambridge has now estimated within a few centuries the date when the friendly sea broke through to form the English Channel and give Britain its freedom. It was 5000 B.C., says Dr. Godwin.

Dr. Godwin is a specialist in phytogeography, which means that he studies remains of ancient plants with an eye to what they tell about ancient climate...

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