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Why the Vikings Struggled in Iceland and Greenland - And Some Didn't Make It

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Can something that happened 1,000 years ago still affect people today? Of course it can. Just ask Iceland.

When Vikings came to Iceland over a millennium ago, they slashed and burned trees to make room for farming. Within a few centuries, they’d wiped out most of the region’s trees so effectively that Iceland is still struggling to regrow those trees today, reports The New York Times.

That’s a problem since trees, as the Lorax said, are what everyone needs. Trees hold the soil together, making it more stable for building on. They also help protect the land from erosion and flooding.

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