The Little Ice Age – Aurorara, Coronal Mass Ejections and ice cores – part 4

THE LITTLE ICE AGE 1280-1850 AD – GISP2 volcanic markers, Isotopic Oxygen 16, Paleoclimate,, sunspot observations, Magnetosphere, NASA, severe sea floods, Ian Plimer, Summit Greenland Ice core studies, McKirrick and McIntyre, Mann hockey stick, Claude Schaeffer, Mike Baillie, The Ion effect, Harvey Weiss, Peterson ocean core studies, Sequoia dendritic rings, uniformitarianism, Georges Cuvier.

Europe generally during the Little Ice Age

As further proof of the severity of the weather in this region during the Little Ice Age it is important to study the record of severe storms (see Plate 8). Similarly the advance of glaciers is important as an indicator of the severity and coldness of the weather over a sustained, if erratic, period. Various tax records show glaciers over the years destroying whole towns caught in their path. A few major advances, as noted by Ladurie(1) appear below:

  • 1595: Gietroz (Switzerland) glacier advances, dammed Dranse River, and caused flooding of Bagne with 70 deaths.
  • 1600-10: Advances by Chamonix (France) glaciers because massive floods which destroyed three villages and severely damaged a fourth. One village had stood since the 1200’s.
  • 1670-80’s: Maximum historical advances by glaciers in eastern Alps. Noticeable decline of human population by this time in areas close to glaciers, whereas population elsewhere in Europe had risen.
  • 1695-1709: Iceland glaciers advance dramatically, destroying farms.
  • 1710-1735: A glacier in Norway was advancing at a rate of 100 m per year for 25 years.
  • 1748-50: Norwegian glaciers achieved their historical maximum LIA positions.

Further to this we must include anecdotal but legitimate evidence regarding ice formation throughout. An example is the world phenomena of Ice Fares such as the ones on the Thames that only ended in 1815(2).

Little Ice Age  Aurorara Coronal Mass Ejections
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Little Ice Age – Mega Famines – part 1

The Little Ice Age 1280-1850 AD – The Wolf, Sporer, Maunder and Dalton minima’s(1), Paleo climatologists, Little Ice Age , Medieval Maximum, Roman cooling, Dark Ages, frozen English channel, plague 1347 AD, Ion Effect, Sunspot climate control, Isotopic oxygen 16, Greenland, Iceland, Baker sunspots.

Although the period of the “Little Ice Age” is a scientific reconstruction it covers a period when there was a significant down turn in climate, compared to the present era. These are classified into four periods when the climate deteriorated significantly. This deterioration was not only cooler and wetter on average but vastly more erratic and these are prime ingredients for famine. These erratic periods were the Wolf, Sporer, Maunder and Dalton minima’s(2) respectively.

They followed a period known as the “Medieval maximum” which some contend was warmer than the present period(3). This earlier warm time was generally a period of expansion and prosperity for civilizations(4).

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Carrington Event 1859 and the Royal Charter Storm

The Carrington Event 1859 – Flu epidemic, Erzurum Earthquake, Aurora Australis and the Royal Charter Storm

Gold, Glamour and not so Ancient Destructions …

Could the Carrington Event of 1859 have had broader effects than originally assumed?

You can watch the video of Gold, glamour and destruction about this article on our Ancient Destructions video streaming site MUNGOflix.

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The amazing Aurora Australis of 1859

Imagine your posturing self-assurance as you parade on the dockside at Port Melbourne, dressed in the finest fashions the colony of Port Phillip can offer. Your beautiful new bride is elegantly bubbling beside you whilst showing off the latest copy of high Paris couture. Yes, my boy, you have made it! The year is 1859.
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