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A greener Greenland: What a rapid global warming event can tell us about the future of our planet

Greenland used to have a subtropical climate and was accountable for much of the warming temperatures in the region. Image: Unsplash/ Annie Spratt

Michael B.W. Fyhn

Senior scientist, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

Jussi Hovikoski

Senior scientist, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

Simon Smiles

Former Group Managing Director, UBS Wealth Management

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Greenland is now a much cooler climate than what it once was. Image: Milo Barham

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Dated microscopic plant and plankton fossils provide detailed information about the environment they would have lived in. Image: Jussi Hovikoski
The faint red band directly above the geologists head represents the eruption surface of a lava flow that was broken down into laterite by the hot wet climate. Image: Milo Barham

This schematic diagram of the Arctic 50 to 60 million years ago shows how volcanic uplift would have narrowed the seaway between Greenland and Norway Image: Modified from Ron Blakey (2021) and Jussi Hovikoski et al. (2021).

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