Did Climate Change Kill the Vikings?
OSLO (Reuters) – A cold snap in Greenland in the 12th century may
help explain why Viking settlers vanished from the island, scientists
said on Monday.
A 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.
disappear," said William D'Andrea of Brown University, the lead author
of the study in the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of
Scientists have previously suspected that a cooling toward a "Little Ice
Age" from the 1400s gradually shortened growing seasons and added to
sea ice that hampered sailing links with Iceland or the Nordic nations.
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