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Vikings disappeared from Greenland due to cold snap

A cold snap in the 12th century may explain why Vikings abandoned their colonies on the island.

“You have an interval when the summers are long and balmy and you build up the size of your farm, and then suddenly year after year, you go into this cooling trend, and the summers are getting shorter and colder and you can’t make as much hay,” D’Andrea said.

The study also traced even earlier swings in the climate to the rise and fall of pre-historic peoples on Greenland starting with the Saqqaq culture, which thrived from about 4,500 years ago to 2,800 years ago

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Story: Reuters | Photo: Reuters/Svebor Kranjc

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