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Lead pollution in Arctic ice shows economic impact of wars and plagues for past 1,500 years

July 9, 2019 - General

How did events like the Black Death plague impact the economy of Medieval Europe? Particles of lead trapped deep in Arctic ice can tell us.

Joe McConnell, Ph.D, the study’s lead author, and Nathan Chellman, a doctoral student at DRI
and coauthor on the study, examine an ice core in DRI’s Ultra-Trace Ice Core Chemistry
Laboratory in Reno, Nevada [Credit: DRI]Commercial and industrial processes have emitted lead into the atmosphere…

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