Thru repeated upheavals of the sea-bottom a broad belt of land was formed in the center of the enclosed sea which embraced the islands of Rügen and Bornholm, and extended over Jutland, the Danish islands, and the whole space now occupied by the Baltic. This newly-formed land was separated from Central Germany and the rest of Europe by a great sea-arm sometimes called the “North German Tertiary sea,” one of whose bays or gulfs covered East and West Prussia and Pomerania. On the borders of this northern Atlantis, where the waters of the Baltic now roll, a rich and abundant vegetation was developed, and here, in the midst of luxuriant forests extending into the Polar area, grew the trees which produced our amber.

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