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New Study Linking Falling Temperatures to the Disappearance of Viking Greenland

A new study in the journal Boreas (also reported in Science Daily) lends further weight to the theory that falling temperatures led to the collapse or abandonment of the Vikings’ western settlement.  Making use of high-resolution marine palynology from a sediment core off the west coast of Greenland, Sofia Ribeiro and colleagues at the University of Copenhagen argue that temperatures were relatively mild during the the Vikings’ initial colonization but cooled significantly about the time the western settlement disappeared, c.1350.  This research adds to a growing body of evidence, based mainly on ice core studies, that the Little Ice Age had a major impact on Greenland settlements.

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About Sam White

Assistant Professor of History at the Ohio State University

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This entry was posted on June 24, 2011 by in In the News, Publications.
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