Iceland Climate Fossils
Fabulous plant fossils from some of the rarest deposits in the world – the lignite of Iceland. found in a few select places around the Westfjords, these plants were fossilised in a lake bed as ash flows and sediment rapidly buried and preserved them. They record a time in Iceland’s history when the climate was Mediterranean, and an average of 15 oC.
Fossil measures: 12 x 16 cm
- Post-flood deposit, likely caused by volcanoes causing mudslides into a lake environment, trapping the leaves and mulch, fossilising them rapidly.
- Spectacular preservation, evidence for the rapid burial of fossils.
- Plant and pollen records show a much warmer climate, with an average of 15 oC. There was a sudden change in climate, dropping to an average of -6oC, plunging Iceland and most of Northern Europe into an Ice Age. The climate then warmed up again, varying over the next 3,000 years. And all with a constant CO2 level, and no human interaction with the climate.
- Gives evidence that humans do not have any effect over the climate, as we have records of major climate change, both warming and cooling, in the past, with constant CO2 levels, and no human involvement.
- Features in the Creation Research documentary ‘Iceland – Land of Fire & Ice’.
- Contains plant families such as: Magnolia, Rose, Birch, hornbeam, and Alder.