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September 29th, 2008
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Drilling into Greenland's icy past can predict the future?

A melting Greenland is the front line in the fight against global warming as scientists try to predict the future. TIME's Bryan Walsh visited this 'unfrozen tundra' to learn how drilling deep into Greenland's past can help predict its fate in the future.

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Filed under: Planet in Peril
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Anna, HK

    Learning from our past makes sense.

    By drilling into the tundra, & taking sore samples, we should be able to determine a rudimentary impression of what life forms (ie. botanical, zoological – vertebrate/inveterbrate) existed at different time periods. Dependent on which stratum they were found, a basic idea of what the climate was like then should be able to be determined.

    September 30, 2008 at 12:36 am |
  2. jim

    Global warming is not affecting the frozen tundra in Greenland. Fact is that in the middle ages, I believe the vikings colonized Greenland. Later Greenland got colder and they left. Weather on the Earth changes constantly called global warming or cooling. This was a prime example. There were no cars, factories or Al Gore with Man Bear Pig.

    September 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Stunning pictures. Its hard to imagine all that ice melting. Looking forward to this years Planet in Peril.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    September 29, 2008 at 12:39 pm |