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Cold snap drove Vikings from Greenland

By T.K. Randall
June 2, 2011 · Comment icon 6 comments

Image Credit: Jason Vanderhill
Extreme climate changes caused the Vikings to abandon their homeland in search of warmer weather.
While many scientists and historians know of the ice age that spread across Europe in the 1600s, recent work in Greenland indicates there was an even earlier temperature plunge in the 12th century that caused the Vikings to seek warmer climates elsewhere.
A cold snap in Greenland in the 12th century may help explain why Viking settlers vanished from the island, scientists said on Monday. The report, reconstructing temperatures by examining lake sediment cores in west Greenland dating back 5,600 years, also indicated that earlier, pre-historic settlers also had to contend with vicious swings in climate on icy Greenland.


Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (6)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by questionmark 13 years ago
I guess it is summer again and some "journalists" are running out of news.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Le Lapedalleur 13 years ago
No, this is the biggest news there is. The 1,470 year climate cycle or BOND EVENT should be taken more seriously now by the mainstream. Check out the Migration Period link.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Abramelin 13 years ago
I guess it is summer again and some "journalists" are running out of news. They are; I heard about this some 40 years ago.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Swamptick 13 years ago
This was more interesting than I had anticipated.
Comment icon #5 Posted by marcos anthony toledo 13 years ago
Yes this been though off decades before but it is still important information especially with more thorough investigations.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Le Lapedalleur 13 years ago
Yes this been though off decades before but it is still important information especially with more thorough investigations. Well said. You took the words out of my mouth m.a.t.


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