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What Would Happen If We Drained the Mediterranean Sea?


What would happen if the Mediterranean Sea were drained? Actually, let’s take a step back. Why on earth would anyone want to do that? For the land, of course! So how would it be done? And what would the result be?

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This story is based on a sci-fi classic written by Philip K. Dick. In the original novel, published in 1962, Dick describes how the Axis Powers have drained the Mediterranean, in order to reclaim vast swaths of additional farmland.

The story is widely seen as an allegory on Fascism. But somehow, the most farfetched of this complicated plot is the one closest to reality: the part about emptying the Mediterranean.


In fact, the plan was a very seriously considered proposal, mapped out a few decades earlier by the German architect Herman Sörgel who devoted his whole life to promote his grand scheme to drain the Mediterranean and unite Europe and Africa into one super continent.