Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Greenland Decline

The Vikings settled Greenland but later abandoned it.  New research suggests that overhunting of walrus ivory may have contributed.

So here's an example of a pretty powerful culture that was felled, not by invasion or political collapse, but by climate change (the island got a lot colder) and resource exhaustion.  These factors are especially powerful in marginal environments where there isn't a lot of fault tolerance when things start to go wrong.
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