Freitag, 16. Februar 2007

Vikings - Destroyers of forests?

Vikings on Iceland: Destroyers of forests?

Birch and willow forests like this one at Lake Mývatn used to cover much of Iceland's interior. Viking settlers cleared the forest for their pastures and burned the trees to make charcoal. The forests have never recovered. It is estimated that 90 percent of Iceland's pre-settlement forest is gone. (Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson)

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