27 Feb '12, 6am

Ancient Arabic Histories Illuminate Past Climate

Ancient Arabic Histories Illuminate Past Climate

Trees, coral, and ice cores provide us a very reliable method of looking at the past climate, but there isn’t as much human recorded data. New research has analysed scholarly writings from Iraq written during the Islamic Golden Age between 816 and 1009 AD in an effort to reveal more information about our planet’s historical climate. Published in the journal Weather , the Spanish researchers from the University of Extremadura looked at the writings of scholars, historians, and diarists from Iraq. The sources focused primarily on social and religious events of the time, but naturally the rare and abnormal weather was documented when it happened. “Climate information recovered from these ancient sources mainly refers to extreme events which impacted wider society such as droughts and floods,” said lead author Dr Fernando Domínguez-Castro. “However, they also document conditio...

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2012/02/27/ancient-arabic-histories...

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