26 Dec '11, 5pm

How climate change shows up in ancient, Tolkien-esque myth:

The Vernagtferner glacier in the portion of the Alps falling within the borders of Austria is said to be cursed. In ancient legend, it buried the cities Onanä and Dananä, whose ruins lie beneath its implacable mass of ice to this day. Which is all a way, way cooler story than the purely factual “climate change happened.” According to David Bressan at History of Geology : A long time ago there existed a rich city surrounded by fertile pastures where today is the glacier. Unfortunately the wealth corrupted the inhabitants and they wasted milk and bread to clean the streets. One day a beggar asked for a piece of bread, but the presumptuous inhabitants denied him this humble request. So he cursed the city, dark clouds covered the sky and heavy and persistent snow started falling in the mountains. When the sun reappeared, the city and pastures were gone, lost forever and covere...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-12-26-how-climate-change-s...

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