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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: climate; erikthered; globalcooling; globalwarming; godsgravesglyphs; leiferikson; littleiceage; navigation; vikings
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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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To: Bryanw92
.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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To: stylin19a
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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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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600-Year-Old American Indian Historical Account Has Old Norse Words
The Guard- blogspot | 3-15-2007 | Larry Stroud
Posted on 03/06/2011 12:45:36 PM PST by blam
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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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Vikings Introduce Native American DNA To Iceland

January 10, 2011
By Didi

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 Iceland’s meticulous record keeping of its people’s 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.

(snip)

41 posted on 05/30/2011 8:11:56 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Hånky pånky.


42 posted on 05/30/2011 8:13:58 PM PDT by decimon
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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
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1932354/posts


43 posted on 05/30/2011 8:19:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: decimon
"Hånky pånky."

LOL...YUP

Maybe a little Hokey Pokey too.

44 posted on 05/30/2011 8:21:58 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Høkey Pøkey.


45 posted on 05/30/2011 8:31:12 PM PDT by decimon
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To: blam

Maybe Hokey, but no Pokey?...


46 posted on 05/30/2011 8:38:13 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 858 of our national holiday from reality. - Obama really isn't one of us)
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To: decimon

No doubt those wimpy Vikings took their cue from all the starving Eskimos....


47 posted on 05/30/2011 8:43:21 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Tunehead54

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.


48 posted on 05/30/2011 10:14:47 PM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: Explorer89

We shall see - its unplugged so y’all can sleep in tomorrow! ;-)


49 posted on 05/30/2011 10:26:05 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: decimon
Side note.

The Saqqaq, mentioned in the article, their man’s closest living relatives are the Chukchis, people who live at the easternmost tip of Siberia.

50 posted on 05/30/2011 11:30:31 PM PDT by Palter (If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it. ~ Mark Twain)
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