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3000-Year-Old Trees Excavated Under Glacier

August 16, 2021

By Paul Homewood

h/t oldbrew


Ancient tree stumps found under Breiðamerkurjökull glacier in Southeast Iceland are confirmed to be roughly 3,000 years old. RÚV reports.

A specialist believes the remarkably well-preserved stumps were part of a massive forest that disappeared after a long period of a warm climate.

One of the tree stumps was found in Breiðamerkursandur a couple of months ago, and once it was being salvaged a second, larger one was found. The smaller one was sent for examination while the larger will be examined at a later time.

Examinations revealed that the tree stump died very quickly at 89-years-old in the month of June. Nearby sediments and data suggest that the glacier itself was the culprit.

The tree stumps are from a period when Iceland was covered in forests. Even though 9th century Norse settlers reported vast forests across the country, it is believed that 3,000 years ago, the forests were much larger, even reaching the highlands. Approximately 500 BC, the climate became colder and glaciers began to form, destroying parts of the forests.

The 3,000-year-old remains of the forest are very well preserved and will be researched thoroughly. “It is absolutely incredible just how well preserved this tree stump is, having been buried under a glacier and that it still looks so whole, as opposed to being all wrinkled up like many of the specimens we have found.” Once examinations conclude, the water will be extracted from the tree stump and it will be filled with wax instead, allowing it to be exhibited.

This is just one of a series of such finds, although others date back as recently as the Middle Ages, for instance the Exit and Juneau glaciers in Alaska, and the Jorge Montt glacier in Patagonia.

Retreating Swiss glaciers are also uncovering 4000 year old forests.

  1. Harry Passfield permalink
    August 16, 2021 6:34 pm

    Check the cut ‘n’ paste of the head pic.

  2. Harry Passfield permalink
    August 16, 2021 6:58 pm

    I wonder if they managed to check their tree rings….

  3. Paul Weeks permalink
    August 16, 2021 7:32 pm

    When I worked in the fens near Ely, Cambridgeshire, we were often digging out bog oaks from the shrinking peat.

  4. Broadlands permalink
    August 16, 2021 8:08 pm

    Good preservation is what freezing does. Upon thawing out, the cellular damage will depend on the size of the ice crystals formed at the time. Obviously, AGW CO2 was not involved because models project that the trees would have burned up adding more CO2 to the atmosphere. Yet, that’s among the solutions being proposed…plant more trees! But, if they don’t burn up they will die and all the CO2 sequestered will recycle…unless the climate cools again. A fairy tale for our time? 🙂

  5. Cheshire Red permalink
    August 16, 2021 8:21 pm

    In years to come this site may well suffer a similar fate. Uncovered after being buried under decades of climate propaganda.

  6. Barrie Emmett permalink
    August 16, 2021 8:32 pm

    Incredible how he brings so much to our notice. Barrie

    Sent from my iPad


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