Collapse - Chapter 7: Norse Greenland’s Flowering Summary & Analysis

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Some historians believe that Greenland was purposely misnamed by Erik the Red to lure others to it. There is very little green on Greenland and a lot of white. The shores of Iceland feature a steep ice-covered plateau that covers most of the island. Enormous glaciers flow into the sea. Black mountains are surrounded by the icy white. There are patches of green, even pastures, inland on the southwest side of the island. Greenland was Europe’s most remote civilization but its settlers eventually vanished.

One theory for the failure of Norse Greenland was that cold temperatures killed the people. Other explanations include: defeat by the Inuit, abandonment by Scandinavia, and damage to the environment. Greenland’s climate is foggy, cold, variable and windy. Glaciers, icebergs and fjords all impact the temperature and climate. The weather varies from location to...

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