The Bering land bridge, also known as Beringia, was a landmass that existed about 20,000 years ago between Alaska and Asia, occupying what is now the Bering Strait. The area was exposed as land because sea levels had dropped significantly; the world was experiencing an ice age. It is hypothesized that humans first came to North America from Asia by this land, when ice caps had receded somewhat but the land was still above sea level. Today, the Bering Strait is still very shallow and is 60 miles across at its narrowest point.

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