Skip to comments.Proof on Ice: Southern Greenland Was Once Green; Earth Warmer
Posted on 07/05/2007 4:37:15 PM PDT by Islander7
In 1981 researchers removed a long tube of ice from the center of a glacier in southern Greenland at a site known as Dye 3. More than a mile (two kilometers) long, the deep end of the core sample had been crushed by the pressure of the ice above it and sullied by contact with rock and soil. By destroying the pattern of annual layers, this contamination seemingly made it impossible to assess the region's ancient climate. But DNA extracted from the previously ignored dirty bottom has revealed that Greenland was not only green, it boasted boreal forests like those found in Canada and Scandinavia today.
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It must have come from somewhere, but where!? If this doesn’t convince you that intelligent design is neither intelligent nor is it design, I don’t know what will, because the only sequitors I recognize are the non-sequitors, if you follow me.
Global warming and also Bush’s fault .....
Think of the carnage: Dr. Heidi, Al Gore, those 2,000 other "scientists", the UN, TWC, etc., and a crap load of ordinary schmucks that you and I see every day.
What ever will they do?
What ever it is, it ain't going to be pretty.
Yes, best to keep this on the QT.
Nice list! Thanks.
Must be a record, also a non-sequitor, if you follow me.
These upstart scientists should stop slowing down the global warming gravy train with facts and evidence. There is too much money to be made out there in “investigating” and “fixing” the problem.
Must be a record, also a non-sequitor, if you follow me.And a joke, if you follow me.
I've always known that, or simply assumed whoever named the place originally was neither sensory-challenged nor retarded...
I never saw the Viking explorers are either practical jokers or whimsical.
DUH! When the vikings settles Greenland it was green!
That pesky “last interglacial,” again.
butterflies and spiders trapped in ice - the 'climate' must have changed very quickly, blitzschnell and catastrophic.
Lots of sites give some Greenland history. One site is the American Heritage dictionary:
"WORD HISTORY How did a glacier-covered island get the name Greenland? In Norse legends written in the 12th century and later, it is told that Eric the Red explored the southeast and southwest coasts of Greenland in A.D. 983-986 and gave the country its name because people would be more likely to go there if it had an attractive name. Greenland was warmer in the tenth century than it is now. There were many islands teeming with birds off its western coast; the sea was excellent for fishing; and the coast of Greenland itself had many fjords where anchorage was good. At the head of the fjords there were enormous meadows full of grass, willows, junipers, birch, and wild berries. Thus Greenland actually deserved its name. Another attraction of Greenland was that Iceland and northwestern Europe, including England, had a grievous year of famine in 976, and people were hungry for food as well as land."
Another site covers the fact that Greenland settlements of Europeans were abandoned about 1400, during the Little Ice Age. It is still colder in Greenland now than when Eric the Red was there.
From the Smithsonian Institute,
"Studies of environmental conditions, climate, and their interactions have produced important new information relevant to Norse extinction in Greenland. Most revealing is the detailed evidence of climatic changes that occurred in the northwestern Atlantic beginning in the early 1300s. Changes in atmospheric temperature are recorded in such diverse materials as glacier ice derived from snow falling on the Greenland Ice Cap, fossil vegetation and pollen deposited annually in lake sediments, chemical signatures in isotopic composition of sea sediments, animal and human bones, and even the species of insect pests that accompanied Vikings and their animals as they settled new lands. These indicators clearly suggest that the climate was cooling in the 14th century, and that the Greenlandic environment had been depleted of its "natural capital"--its previously untapped grasslands and animal resources-over 500 years of farming practices in this delicate arctic climate."
Other references discuss written directions for how to reach Greenland. Around 1200 the directions started to mention avoiding the icebergs, a caution that was missing from earlier instructions. The record, both written and from core samples, shows that Greenland has been warmer in the last 1000 years than it is now. The alarms about global warming aren't supported by Greenland's history.
"Global warming" is a study in political opinion manipulation, not science.
That lesson in climatology was 46 years ago. Now, why is this article, "news?"
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