Maine & the Arctic: A Shared History

In late August of this year, U.S. Senator Angus King of Maine traveled to Greenland to witness how climate change is impacting the region. While standing on the Greenland ice cap he made a brief video in which he claimed he was in Maine — 10,000 years ago. It was a joke of course, but with an essential grain of truth. A massive ice sheet once blanketed Maine and when it retreated, a tree-less tundra — not unlike environments in present-day Greenland — covered the state. To this day there are Arctic-adapted plants on mountaintops in Maine that are relics of that time

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