ANTACTICA – Ascension With Earth – 4-20-17
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Frozen Antarctica once had lush tropical forest
Forests began to appear in Antarctica some 298 million years ago during the Permian geologic period, as glaciers retreated and the global climate entered a warming phase
Santiago : Nearly 300 million years ago, the frozen, inhospitable Antarctica was covered by lush subtropical forests, according to scientists. “That Antarctica was once green is a matter of consensus among scientists, but still unknown to many people,” Marcelo Leppe, a paleontologist who works with the Chilean Antarctic National Institute, told Efe news.
Did you know that Antarctica, the white continent, was once a vast forest?
Roughly 80 million years ago, walking in Antarctica was like walking today in a tropical or subtropical forest. If you’d visited Antarctica 300 million years ago, you could have lounged beneath swaying palm trees and enjoyed balmy 68-degree weather. Yes, seriously. The now icy, inhospitable Antarctica was once covered by lush subtropical forests, according to scientists.
Antarctica Is Covered With More Meltwater Than Thought
A surprisingly vast network of waterways cuts across Antarctica’s ice shelves, the floating tongues of ice emanating from the continent’s coastlines.
These seasonal flows of meltwater, a part of Antarctica’s natural water cycle, have been known for decades to crisscross the continent. Now, scientists have systematically catalogued them—revealing them to be more extensive than many scientists had thought.