European Trivia

The Mediterranean was once a dessert

In the last 40 years, solid evidence has been found that the Mediterranean Sea frequently dried up completely in the past. According to Rob Butler the salinity crisis in the Mediterranean represents one of the most dramatic examples of environmental changes outside of glaciated areas in the relatively young geological record.

Greatest empires

Many of the greatest empires are based in Europe. The British Empire was at one time the largest empire in the world. It covered more than 36 million square kilometers, and had a population of 480 and 570 million people. At the peak of the empire’s power, it was said that the sun never sets on it because the sun was always shining on at least one part of the empire. It covers a quarter of the Earth’s surface.

Other colonial empire were the Spanish empire, the Russian empire, the French empire, and the Portuguese empire.

The longest names

Europe has one of the longest names that are officially recognized. A village in Wales in the UK contains 58 letters and is the longest European one word place name. It means St. Mary’s Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel Near A Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio of the Red Cave.

There are other particularly long names places in Finland, Poland, and Ireland.