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Climate played big role in Vikings’ disappearance from Greenland
Brown University ^ | May 30, 2011 | Varied

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 colony’s 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 Norse’s 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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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: ancientnavigation; climate; erikthered; globalcooling; globalwarming; godsgravesglyphs; greenland; iceland; leiferikson; littleiceage; navigation; thevikings; viking; vikings; vinland
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1 posted on 05/30/2011 1:12:15 PM PDT by decimon
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To: SunkenCiv

Cold feat ping.


2 posted on 05/30/2011 1:12:52 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

They shouldn’t have been driving around in those SUVs.


3 posted on 05/30/2011 1:14:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 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

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.

4 posted on 05/30/2011 1:19:07 PM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: decimon

It also played a big role in the creation of The Great Lakes.

LLS


5 posted on 05/30/2011 1:19:54 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("If you lie hard enough and sell your soul... you can scam your way to the top" barack obama)
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To: decimon

So....what they are saying.....is that global warming is going make the Vikings come back and pillage the seacoasts??


6 posted on 05/30/2011 1:22:14 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (We don't need to win elections. We need to win a revolution.)
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To: decimon
How about the nearly 60,000 people who live there now? Is it electric blankets, or what?

Oh, I'm sorry, you were trying to use this to make a case for "climate change"...forgive me...on with the ruse.
7 posted on 05/30/2011 1:25:17 PM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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.is that global warming is going make the Vikings come back and pillage the seacoasts??

Or at least the NFC North.

8 posted on 05/30/2011 1:25:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: decimon

Bush’s fault!


9 posted on 05/30/2011 1:26:28 PM PDT by SmithL (Bacon, the ultimate condiment!)
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To: decimon
DNA Study To Settle Ancient Mystery About Mingling Of Inuit, Vikings

There was no sign in the DNA of any Viking - Inuit mixing.

10 posted on 05/30/2011 1:26:59 PM PDT by blam
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To: decimon
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.

NS? I read this on the internet 10 years ago.....thank you Brown university....

11 posted on 05/30/2011 1:31:58 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: decimon
Climate played big role in Vikings’ disappearance from Greenland

Ya think?

12 posted on 05/30/2011 1:32:10 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: I am Richard Brandon

Yep. I learned it in the fifth grade, 1955. ‘Course you and I aren’t shooting for government grants.


13 posted on 05/30/2011 1:35:57 PM PDT by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can.)
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To: Bryanw92

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.


14 posted on 05/30/2011 1:42:24 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: decimon
and only 150 years later the residents of Roanoke Colony disappeared ...coincidence ? I think not.
15 posted on 05/30/2011 1:42:34 PM PDT by stylin19a
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To: decimon

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.


16 posted on 05/30/2011 1:45:08 PM PDT by CedarDave (I agree with Obama's immigration comments in El Paso: We do need moats filled with alligators)
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To: decimon

shelia jackson-lee questions disapperance of space probe?


17 posted on 05/30/2011 1:47:09 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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and only 150 years later the residents of Roanoke Colony disappeared ...coincidence ? I think not.

Connecting the dots like a climate scientist.

18 posted on 05/30/2011 1:49:27 PM PDT by decimon
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To: dfwgator

Brett Favre drove them to extinction..


19 posted on 05/30/2011 1:50:02 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: SmithL

Aw dang, I was going to post that!


20 posted on 05/30/2011 1:51:39 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Marking time on the government's dime...)
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