Skip to comments.Climate played big role in Vikings’ disappearance from Greenland
Posted on 05/30/2011 1:12:10 PM PDT by decimon
Greenland's early Viking settlers were subjected to rapidly changing climate. Temperatures plunged several degrees in a span of decades, according to research from Brown University. A reconstruction of 5,600 years of climate history from lakes near the Norse settlement in western Greenland also shows how climate affected the Dorset and Saqqaq cultures. Results appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] The end of the Norse settlements on Greenland likely will remain shrouded in mystery. While there is scant written evidence of the colonys demise in the 14th and early 15th centuries, archaeological remains can fill some of the blanks, but not all.
What climate scientists have been able to ascertain is that an extended cold snap, called the Little Ice Age, gripped Greenland beginning in the 1400s. This has been cited as a major cause of the Norses disappearance. Now researchers led by Brown University show the climate turned colder in an earlier span of several decades, setting in motion the end of the Greenland Norse. Their findings appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The Brown scientists finding comes from the first reconstruction of 5,600 years of climate history from two lakes in Kangerlussuaq, near the Norse Western Settlement. Unlike ice cores taken from the Greenland ice sheet hundreds of miles inland, the new lake core measurements reflect air temperatures where the Vikings lived, as well as those experienced by the Saqqaq and the Dorset, Stone Age cultures that preceded them.
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Cold feat ping.
They shouldn’t have been driving around in those SUVs.
Apart from being IMPOSSIBLE because the climate is warming don't you know, this this has been a known fact for a very long time. Greenland - GREENland - used to be warm and now it's not - Duh!
This is on a par with discovering that the sun gives us daylight.
It also played a big role in the creation of The Great Lakes.
So....what they are saying.....is that global warming is going make the Vikings come back and pillage the seacoasts??
Or at least the NFC North.
There was no sign in the DNA of any Viking - Inuit mixing.
NS? I read this on the internet 10 years ago.....thank you Brown university....
Yep. I learned it in the fifth grade, 1955. ‘Course you and I aren’t shooting for government grants.
LOL The land of the Vikings these days are putting out a pack of pussie cats. Hardly likely to attack anything except a man who wants to stop abortions.
What I fail to understand is why so-called intelligent researchers can conclude there were natural and sometimes severe variations in climate the past 2000 years and yet not recognize that the same variations may be naturally occurring today. Yet, they persist in saying humans are responsible for global warming/climate change that may be seen in recent years.
shelia jackson-lee questions disapperance of space probe?
Connecting the dots like a climate scientist.
Brett Favre drove them to extinction..
Aw dang, I was going to post that!
It also played a big role in their disappearance from the Metrodome.
>>This is on a par with discovering that the sun gives us daylight.
That’s blasphemy. It’s man’s “presence” that collectively heats up the earth according to the glo-bull warming alarmists.
No hånky pånky.
so, where’s my grant money ?
With all due respect to Brown University, the fate of the Norse settlements in Greenland and the role of climate change in their demise has been documented by Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad (The Viking Discovery of America, Checkmark Books, New York 2001). No doubt also by others. I recall reading, somewhere, that the last wedding ceremony peformed in the Norse church on Greenland occurred on a date somewhat earlier than Columbus’ 1492 voyage of exploration.
Tomorrow, the county where I live will set a new record for days in a row without breaking the 70 degree mark if the temperatures do not warm up in the next ten days. We are now at 245 days of below 70 degree weather. From the looks of the forecast, we’re on track for that record, we’ll be lucky to break 60 degrees. For the most part, Alaska has had warmer temperatures this spring than Whatcom County, WA.
And here I thought it was all because of the Dallas Cowboys :)
I know somewhere in the country there is a “happy medium” but I would be SOOOOO happy with your temperatures.
(Is the /sarc necessary?)
And all along I was thinking I was poor ticket sales.
I've studied this for years and have concluded that its my wife's alarm clock that gives us light. That thing goes off and within minutes I have to roll over and put a pillow over my head because its so bright. It also gets much noisier almost immediately. People screaming "Where's my books?", "Get out of the bathroom!" , etc.
Tonight as an experiment I'm going to unplug the thing and yank the backup battery and prove that I'm right.
I'll ping you once my results are published. ;-)
This was all Bush’s fault.
Yup, they travelled hundreds of miles across treacherous seas to sack Britain; they are even reputed to have made the horrifyingly dangerous journey to North America in their little sail boats.
They fought to the death for the privilege of entry into Valhalla.
They could not, however, handle cold weather without their nasal decongestant inhalers.
Okay, got it.
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Posted on 03/06/2011 12:45:36 PM PST by blam
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A new study suggests that some Icelanders may be direct descendants of a Native American woman. If this is true, then the Vikings in fact had substantive contact with Native Americans, an unestablished hypothesis until now, and were the first people to bring a Native American to Europe.
The Vikings settled Iceland in the 9th century, and it is now a country of a little fewer than 300,000 people. Since that time, the Icelandic gene pool has remained largely homogenous as a result of long-term isolation. That, combined with Icelands meticulous record keeping of its peoples genealogy, makes studying and verifying Icelanders genetic make-up an alluring draw to researchers interested in genetic studies.
One such researcher recently published a study in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, analyzing the DNA of Icelanders to determine that a mysterious . . . . DNA sequence (that we name the C1e lineage). . . , carried by more than 80 Icelanders, can be traced through the female line to four ancestors born in Iceland around 1700. There is good reason to believe that the C1e lineage arrived in Iceland several hundreds of years before 1700.
The C1e lineage can be found in both Native Americans and East Asian populations. However, it is more than likely that the C1e lineage found in Icelanders is linked to Native Americans and that this link was created as far back as the year 1000 A.D. when the Vikings settled in Newfoundland.
Ancient Greenland Mystery Has A Simple Answer, It Seems
Christian Science Monitor | 11-29-2007 | Colin Woodward
Posted on 11/29/2007 10:26:32 AM PST by blam
Maybe a little Hokey Pokey too.
Maybe Hokey, but no Pokey?...
No doubt those wimpy Vikings took their cue from all the starving Eskimos....
No no no, it isn’t your wife’s alarm clock that brings the sun. It is my cat! He meows for breakfast and voila! he brings the daylight.
We shall see - its unplugged so y’all can sleep in tomorrow! ;-)
The Saqqaq, mentioned in the article, their mans closest living relatives are the Chukchis, people who live at the easternmost tip of Siberia.
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