Is History in Greenland a focus of study among the locals or do they remain ignorant about the past?
Ancient Greenland was much warmer than previously thought. Although researchers have long known that the last two interglacial periods experienced warming in the Arctic due to changes in the Earth's orbit, a mix of fly species preserved from these times in a rare lake sediment core shows that Greenland was even warmer than previously thought. This information could help researchers better gauge Greenland's sensitivity to warming, by testing and improving models of climate and ice sheet behavior. Source 9j.
Lost Norse of Greenland fueled the medieval ivory trade, ancient walrus DNA suggests. New DNA analysis reveals that, before their mysterious disappearance, the Norse colonies of Greenland had a 'near monopoly' on Europe's walrus ivory supply. An overreliance on this trade may have contributed to Norse Greenland's collapse when the medieval market declined. Source 5m.
I was taught the Vikings lived on Iceland not Greenland and that the reason they called them by these names were to confuse their enemies. If they thought they'd find Vikings in Greenland all they'd find is ice instead. And they wouldn't think of looking for them in a place called "Ice Land".
Is this not true? I never really studied too much about ancient Norse lore but I do find it quite interesting.
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Massive impact crater from a kilometer-wide iron meteorite discovered in Greenland. An international team has discovered a 31-km wide meteorite impact crater buried beneath the ice-sheet in the northern Greenland. This is the first time that a crater of any size has been found under one of Earth's continental ice sheets. Source 3n.
A pause from Greenland History to share caption from the past:
Today is: 19th September (GMT), in history on the 19th of September, 1973 AD the following event happened:
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