by Robert Felix, writing at Ice Age Now
‘It would be the equivalent of taking Britain and moving it to the Arctic over the space of a few months.’
It took just six months for a warm and sunny Europe to be engulfed in ice, according to this study
According to geological sciences professor William Patterson, who led the research, ‘It would be the equivalent of taking Britain and moving it to the Arctic over the space of a few months.’
Professor Patterson’s findings reinforce the theory that the earth’s climate can switch between warm and cold incredibly quickly.
Professor Patterson scraped off layers of mud just 0.5mm thick from a lake in Western Ireland. Each layer represented three months of sediment deposition, so he could measure changes in temperature over very short periods.
He found that temperatures had plummeted, with the lake’s plants and animals rapidly dying over just a few months
The subsequent mini Ice Age lasted for 1,300 years.
It may have been a ‘mini’ ice age geologically speaking, but for anyone living at the time, 1,300 years would have spanned how many generations?
Let’s see. If you take 1,300 years and divide it by 21, you get 61 generations.
I think that this research needs to be supported by other methods, using different locations in Europe. Looking at the historical record, it is clear some of the cooling too place in 10 to 30 years, with the LIA cooling being quite rapid.