Arrival of Native Americans and Europea19

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Arrival of Native Americans and Europeans At the height of the Ice Age, between 34,000 and 30,000 B.C., much of the world's  water was locked up in vast continental ice sheets. As a result, the Bering Sea was  hundreds of meters below its current level, and a land bridge, known as Beringia,  emerged between Asia and North America. At its peak, Beringia is thought to have been  some 1,500 kilometers wide. A moist and treeless tundra, it was covered with grasses  and plant life, attracting the large animals that early humans hunted for their survival. The first people to reach North America almost certainly did so without knowing they  had crossed into a  new  continent. They would have been following game, as their  ancestors had for thousands of years, along the Siberian coast and then across the land  bridge. Once in Alaska, it would take these first North Americans thousands of years more to 
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