Crisis, collapse etc

All your base are belong to dust

October 15, 2018 — July 31, 2023

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How do civilisations pack up and call it a day?

1 Interesting collapses

1.1 Greenland Norse

Colliding crises leads to collapse thesis: Tim Folger, Why Did Greenland’s Vikings Vanish? quotes Tim McGovern “You can do a lot of things right—you can be highly adaptive; you can be very flexible; you can be resilient—and you go extinct anyway” Blames economic collapse due to plague, climate change effecting the harvest, increased rates of drowning in sea storms, and the loss of trade with Europe, because their extractionist economy was brittle (Dugmore et al. 2001; Dugmore, Keller, and McGovern 2007)

Alternative stressor: Greenland’s Vikings may have vanished because they ran out of water (Zhao et al. 2022).

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