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Prehistoric Inuit Whalers Affected Arctic Freshwater Ecosystems

New findings from Canadian scientists dispel the belief that European settlers were the first humans to cause major changes to Canadian and U.S. freshwater ecosystems.

A University of Toronto-led, multidisciplinary team including researchers from Queen’s, McGill, and University of Ottawa show for the first time that prehistoric Inuit whalers dramatically altered high Arctic pond ecosystems through their hunting practices eight centuries ago – a legacy that is still evident today.

The principal investigator on the team, U of T Geology Professor Marianne Douglas, is currently in Antarctica using the same kind of detection techniques to study climate change there.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-03-19 16:21:50
Description New findings from Canadian scientists dispel the belief that European settlers were the first humans to cause major changes to Canadian and U.S. freshwater ecosystems.

A University of Toronto-led, multidisciplinary team including researchers from Queen’s, McGill, and University of Ottawa show for the first time that prehistoric Inuit whalers dramatically altered high Arctic pond ecosystems through their hunting practices eight centuries ago – a legacy that is still evident today.

The principal investigator on the team, U of T Geology Professor Marianne Douglas, is currently in Antarctica using the same kind of detection techniques to study climate change there.
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Subject
Source Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory
Keyword Prehistory, Prehistoric, Inuit, Native, Natives, Arctic, Freshwater, Ecosystem, Ecosystems
Date Of Record Creation 2009-03-19 16:18:00
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Date Last Modified 2011-02-09 11:35:41
Creator Marianne S.V. Douglas, John P. Smol, James M. Savelle,Jules M. Blais
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2011-02-09 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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