So 2020 is really bad but it could be worse: In 536 a volcanic eruption in Iceland blotted out the sun for 18 months, followed in 541 by a massive outbreak of bubonic plague. There's still 6 months to break the Worst Year Ever record. By
The worst time to be alive? A good candidate: 536-543. Massive volcanic eruptions in 536 and 540 yielded "coldest decade in the past 2300 years." No sunshine for 18 months; snow in summer; crop failure; mass starvation; and an outbreak of bubonic plague.
Darkness for 18 months, famine, and a large outbreak of the plague. Not sure when the ‘good old days’ were, but it wasn’t 536.
CRAZY. The worst year in history to be alive? 536. A “mysterious fog” (it was unknwon then but was Iceland volcano) covered earth from Europe to Asia in darkness—for 1.5 years, blocked the sun, dropped temperatures to 2 degrees, caused mass deaths
I write about how ice cores are exposing the way climate and natural disasters disrupted ancient people's lives: Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
This is wild. You think 2018 was bad? Just be thankful you didn't live through 536.
Coverage by Ann Gibbons in of our new #InterdisciplinaryHistory article just published in on the origins of the European economy! #twitterstorians #economichistory #lead
Literally the Dark Age "a cataclysmic volcanic eruption in Iceland spewed ash across the Northern Hemisphere early in 536. Two other massive eruptions followed, in 540 and 547."
"mysterious fog plunged Europe, the Middle East, & parts of Asia into darkness, day & night—for 18 months. … Temperatures in the summer of 536 fell 1.5°C to 2.5°C, initiating the coldest decade in the past 2300 years."
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’ Such cool science, merging history, archeology, geophysics, climatology, etc. We can discern historical, demographic, and economic events from minuscule amounts of obsidian, bismuth, etc., in ice cores.
2020 may seem bad, but read about the year 536. #ScienceMagArchives
'A mysterious fog plunged Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia into darkness, day and night—for 18 months. "For the sun gave forth its light without brightness, like the moon, during the whole year," wrote Byzantine historian Procopius.'
An 72-meter ice core drilled in the Colle Gnifetti Glacier in the Swiss Alps entombs more than 2000 years of fallout from volcanoes, storms, and human pollution. Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
The details they can get from ice cores is....pretty cool :D
Studying polar ice cores, tree rings, historical texts, & more, scientists determine that 536 "was the beginning of one of the worst periods to be alive, if not the worst year." The century following? Cold, darkness, plague, crop failures, & mass death.
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
Damn, being on Twitter in 536 must have been unbearable.
For a year and a half, there were only 4 hours of sunlight a day across the world. Temperatures dropped by over 2°C. Mass crop failures followed by plague killed 1/3rd of Europe's population. This was 536 AD.
Now we know why the 6th century was the darkest of the dark ages: volcanic eruptions, darkened skies, failing harvests and plague. Data from ice cores in Alpine glacier
Was 536 AD the worst year in recent millennia? A volcanic eruption from Iceland followed by a plague plunged Europe into an economic stagnation that lasted a century.
Ice cores pinpoint "the worst year to be alive."
2018 wasn't great. 536 was worse.
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
Think things are bad now? It’s no match for the year 536….the darkest hour of the Dark Ages
read her award-winning story, and find out what year was the worst (it's not 2019)
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
536 AD. Not a year I experienced personally - at least not this lifetime. But I keep going back to it to remind myself what the human race has made it through before.
A volcano erupted, leading to famine and the worst year in human history.
“The worst year to be alive.” This article argues it was 536.
The Icelandic volcano, the fall of the Roman Empire, the real darkness of the Dark Ages - in this astonishing research where environmental science and history collide - and revelations erupt
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
"A second lead peak, in 660, marks a major infusion of silver into the emergent medieval economy. It suggests gold had become scarce as trade increased, forcing a shift to silver as the monetary standard"
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
and secondly the volcanic eruption than led to a cold era beginning in the 530s and 540s
Guys they found it: Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
This is brilliant scientific archeology. And it is amazing to see the connection between climate events of various kinds and the fall of civilizations. A warning for our time.
THE DARKEST HOUR OF THE DARK AGES: “A mysterious fog plunged Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia into darkness, day and night—for 18 months. ‘For the sun gave forth its light without brightness,...
Why 536 was the worst year to be alive
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’ #history #darkages #plague #volcano #climate
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’. Puts 2018 into perspective ht
'Why 536 was the worst year to be alive' for people. Debatable!
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
"Snow fell that summer in China; crops failed; people starved. The Irish chronicles record "a failure of bread from the years 536–539." Then, in 541, bubonic plague struck the Roman port of Pelusium, in Egypt..."
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
I can vouch for this.
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
I'm pretty sure 2020 is making a bid
Sometimes it sort of feels like 536 (at least politically).
A cataclysmic volcanic eruption in Iceland spewed ash across the Northern Hemisphere early in 536 dimming the sun for 18 months Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’ | Science | AAAS
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