From-for what hundreds of years ago in Europe there was a mass starvation of people?

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From-for what hundreds of years ago in Europe there was a mass starvation of people?

Picture of the Great famine in the years 1315-1317

In the history of mankind there are many difficult for people of times and one of them is the so-called period of the Great famine. From 1315 to 1317 years in Northern Europe due to the effects of frequent in those days, wars, and harsh winters have any lack of food. Food prices were much raised, and in order not to die, even cannibalism. However, in the end, hunger is still killing millions of people. It would seem that the causes of famine was clear, but recently researchers from the U.S. state of new York have found compelling evidence that the starvation was caused not only by wars and diseases of animals, but lots of rain.

According to the data of the anomalous sediments has previously been mentioned in historical documents. They were provoked by a strong eruption of Huaynaputina volcano in Peru, which in the atmosphere has accumulated ashes. Due to air pollution in the future began a 10-week rains, which later became the cause of flooding. In the end, the people lost their crops, and domestic animals began to die from disease. People also began to die.

the Great famine

However, the researchers for a long time could not verify the accuracy of the hypotheses of anomalous rainfall. But recently American scientists have realized that to learn about the rainfall in a particular period of time by looking at tree rings of old trees. These are the rings that you can see the inside of the felled tree. It is believed that counting the number of rings, it is possible to know the approximate age of the plant. But their thickness can talk about the rainfall in a particular year — in dry years, the rings get narrow and more humid they are thicker.

Annual rings of a tree

After Studying the rings on old trees the researchers came to the conclusion that between 1314 and 1316 years in Northern Europe has really fallen too much rain. They really could cause floods which deprive people of crop. Moreover, because of hunger and weakness, even surviving in these tough times, people probably suddenly died in subsequent years due to other horrific events.

For Example, after several decades in Europe began , which killed 30 to 60% of the population. It's possible that if it were not preceded this trouble famine, the people would have been healthier and many would have avoided the terrible consequences of the disease. Perhaps the world would have also kept the good economic situation and the disease it would be possible to win much earlier.

Anyway, a new study by scientists sheds light not only on the past of Europe, but the future of the world. Now scientists know what consequences can result that are already being observed. After all, you have probably noticed that 2019 was surprisingly very hot, from-for what there was a lot of forest fires.

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