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Atlantropa of Herman Sorgel

Atlantropa, a concept from the 1920’s by the architect Herman Sorgel, is profoundly weird. The concept was to dam the Strait of Gibraltar in order to unify the continents of Africa and Europe, and thereby allow the super-continent to compete with Asia and the Americas.

And this wasn’t a one shot idea. Sorgel worked really hard on it until he died in the Fifties. Here are some pictures of the proposal, which was only successful in science fiction.