Tuesday, July 18, 2017

the un-divine intervention


Volcanology: A song of ice and fire
The summer of 821 yielded a poor harvest. In winter, blizzards smothered the land. Spring brought plague and famine. Paschasius Radbertus, a monk in what is now northern France, wrote that God Himself was angry. Yet it was not God that wrought the destruction, but a volcano on a then unknown island that is now called Iceland. An Icelandic forest and ice cores from Greenland provide clues to the un-divine intervention

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