Musings of an independent historian
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Pollution (and Global Warming?) as a Historical Tool
Hmm. I see that "
Metal Pollution From Medieval Mining Persists
), and that a "
summer heat wave has unearthed a historic past
). Then I learned from Brian Ward-Perkins in his
Fall of Rome
) that archaelogists have used the polution caused by Roman metalsmithing--as found buried in the Arctic ice cap--to gauge the extent of industry prior to Rome's fall. All in all, I'd say some good can come from global warming and pollution!
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