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Giant Trees Once Grew in Iceland’s West Fjords

The largest piece of wood coal that has ever been discovered in Iceland was recently brought down from a height of 300 meters from Mt. Ernir that towers over Bolungarvík. It indicates that giant trees once grew in the West Fjords.

From the West Fjords. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Its existence had been known for some time but the right opportunity to take it down from the mountain didn’t present itself until recently, ruv.is reports.

The wool coal is probably around 12 million years old and Thorleifur Eiríksson at the Nature Historic Institute of the West Fjords said that research of this time period and the biosphere of the time will now be reinforced.

Judging by the perimeter of the wool coal, the West Fjords were once a forested area and the climate considerably warmer than in Iceland today. The West and East Fjords are the oldest parts of the island.

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