24 Jun '11, 6am

Ancient Vikings Could Not Adapt to Climate Change

Ancient Vikings Could Not Adapt to Climate Change

According to new research into the collapse of a centuries old colony established by Vikings in Western Greenland, human adaptation to changing climate may not be a new problem at all. The authors of the research suggest that the 1350 A.D. collapse of the colony may have suffered from changes in the climate, and the inhabitants inability to adapt to the changes. The research focused on Disko Bay in Western Greenland, and was led by Dr Sofia Ribeiro from the University of Copenhagen, currently at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. The researchers used a marine sediment record to reconstruct climate change over the last 1500 years, which includes the arrival of Norse settlers, led by Eric the Red in 985 A.D., and the establishment of the Western Settlement and subsequent arrival north at Disko Bay. “Our study indicates that at the time the Norse arrived in West ...

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2011/06/24/ancient-vikings-could-no...

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