Parts of Antarctica would have enjoyed a warmer climate ripe with greenery around 15 million years ago.
The change would have come about temporarily due to a warm period at that time, a stark change from the frozen wastelands that we see in the region today. Scientists studying ice cores came upon the discovery when they found significant amounts of leaf waxes in the samples suggesting the widespread growth of numerous plant species.
"We knew the Miocene was a warm period, but it was a surprise to see how warm it got," said study leader Sarah Feakins.
"An unexpectedly warm period about 15 million years ago temporarily thawed Antarctica, turning the continent green around its edges, a new study says."
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Source: National Geographic
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