Was Greenland Really Green?

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Was Greenland really green? The answer is yes, according to articles in BBC News and Science vol. 317, p11, 6 July 2007. A group of Canadian, Australian and European scientists have analysed DNA from organic fragments found in sediment taken from ice cores drilled in south central Greenland and on the summit of the Greenland ice sheet. The DNA was used to identify what plants and animals lived in Greenland in the past. The results showed "that the area was populated by diverse forest made up of alders, spruce, pine and members of the yew family. Living in the trees and on the forest floor was a wide variety of insect life, including beetle, flies, spiders, butterflies and moths." The regions where the cores were taken from are now covered with about 2km of ice.

Editorial Comment: A change from a temperate forest alive with butterflies and beetles to a 2km thick layer of ice is quite a substantial alteration or climate change. The discovery fits with other evidence e.g. dinosaur fossils, coal and red soil in Antarctica, that today's polar regions once had a much milder climate. It also fits with the oral history of the Vikings who explored the North Atlantic and reported they settled in Greenland because it was green. Most of all, it fits with Biblical history, which tells us the world started out "very good" but suffered a significant catastrophe when God sent the world wide flood in Noah's time. At the end of the flood, God told Noah hot and cold, summer and winter, seedtime and harvest would continue to the end of the world. No one extreme on the climate scale would be permanent for any location on earth. God's word will prove always to be more reliable than today's global warming gurus. (Ref. ecology, weather, trees)

Evidence News 11 July 2007

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