Why is Greenland called green when it is covered in ice?

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  • 5 months ago
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    Iceland was already taken.

    • CiCi5 months agoReport

      That never crossed my mind. Thanks.

  • Toruko
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    Be advised so much is melting on Greenland the newest industry

    is mining the sand released by glacier water. Dumped amid the

    South China Sea it becomes islands for military aircraft and

    naval stores for Chinese warships.

  • Tom
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    It used to be green several Thousand Years ago before the mini Ice age.----We are just getting back to normal NOW---and Hucksters are screaming "Global Warming!".

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    I have no idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 5 months ago

    When Erik the Red returned to Iceland after his exile had expired, he is said to have brought with him stories of "Greenland". Erik deliberately gave the land a more appealing name than "Iceland" in order to lure potential settlers. He explained, "people would be attracted to go there if it had a favorable name". He knew that the success of any settlement in Greenland would need the support of as many people as possible. His salesmanship proved successful, as many people (especially "those Vikings living on poor land in Iceland" and those that had suffered a "recent famine") became convinced that Greenland held great opportunity. After spending the winter in Iceland, Erik returned to Greenland in 985 with a large number of colonists. Out of 25 ships that left for Greenland only 14 arrived, 11 were lost at sea.

  • sasha
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Greenland gets its name from an Icelandic murderer exiled there, who called it “Greenland” in hopes that the name would attract settlers.

    • oyubir
      Lv 6
      5 months agoReport

      That is what is written is Sagas. But nobody believe it is true.

  • oyubir
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    Legends (I mean "official" legends; sagas) say that it was a voluntarily misleading name to attract settlers. But that is doubtful.

    Climate change deniers would say that it is the proof that it was then green, and that global warming is not a big deal after all. But that simply contract every fact. Just a lie.

    Reality is probably the simplest explanation: when you see only white everywhere, including in Island where you came from, and then find the place in the photo, you call it Greenland.

    He was naming just the area he discovered and settled in, not the whole island.

    And there are part of the island which are indeed green.

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    The founder of Iceland and the founder of Greenland were best friends. So they switched names. They are what we would call today, "trolls". Obviously.

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