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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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To: decimon

It also played a big role in their disappearance from the Metrodome.

21 posted on 05/30/2011 1:54:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: I am Richard Brandon

>>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.


22 posted on 05/30/2011 1:55:51 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: blam
There was no sign in the DNA of any Viking - Inuit mixing.

No hånky pånky.

23 posted on 05/30/2011 1:57:15 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

so, where’s my grant money ?


24 posted on 05/30/2011 2:02:50 PM PDT by stylin19a
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To: decimon
Smithsonian Natural History Museum has the story Greenland. I have posted this several times in the past.
25 posted on 05/30/2011 2:08:38 PM PDT by Foolsgold (L I B Lacking in Brains)
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To: Foolsgold

Thanks.


26 posted on 05/30/2011 2:11:57 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

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.


27 posted on 05/30/2011 2:15:37 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: decimon

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.


28 posted on 05/30/2011 2:16:40 PM PDT by Eva
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To: decimon

And here I thought it was all because of the Dallas Cowboys :)


29 posted on 05/30/2011 2:20:09 PM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Eva

I know somewhere in the country there is a “happy medium” but I would be SOOOOO happy with your temperatures.


30 posted on 05/30/2011 2:22:26 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: decimon
Musta been those aliens with their fossil-fuel burning spaceships causing climate change. It's all in Area 51!

(Is the /sarc necessary?)

31 posted on 05/30/2011 2:25:55 PM PDT by danielmryan
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To: decimon
Hm???....The Sinagua people of Arizona disappeared at about the same time. I wonder if the same climate change that affected the Vikings also impacted the Sinagua. Could be.
32 posted on 05/30/2011 2:33:42 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: LS

And all along I was thinking I was poor ticket sales.


33 posted on 05/30/2011 2:43:56 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO, and I reserve the right to be wrong.)
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Beam me to Planet Gore !

34 posted on 05/30/2011 2:51:54 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: I am Richard Brandon
This is on a par with discovering that the sun gives us daylight.
I hope you have a link backing up this claim.

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. ;-)

35 posted on 05/30/2011 3:58:01 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: decimon

This was all Bush’s fault.


36 posted on 05/30/2011 5:15:50 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: decimon

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.


37 posted on 05/30/2011 5:50:10 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer

Food.


38 posted on 05/30/2011 6:06:29 PM PDT by decimon
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39 posted on 05/30/2011 7:37:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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40 posted on 05/30/2011 7:38:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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