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Antarctica was lined with trees 15M years ago

June 21, 2012 | Comment icon 15 comments



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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.


Source: National Geographic | Comments (15)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by Calibeliever 10 years ago
So what,So what. Higher CO2 levels just mean more food for plants and algae in the sea. The algae dies and drops to the bottom of the sea where it turns into coal. So no problems. Plus we have the added bonus of more land under the snow and ice being revealed. Also Flooding is only a problem for people that live next to the sea and rivers. Those people can simply move. Higher CO2 may have a temporary benefit to plants but that will be quickly outstripped by the acidification of the oceans and rain water. Seriously, where do you people get this stuff? and 27vet. Yes there have been periods warm... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer 10 years ago
@jgorman - So who caused the warming 15 million years ago. IT wasn't us!
Comment icon #8 Posted by jgorman628 10 years ago
@jgorman - So who caused the warming 15 million years ago. IT wasn't us! Why ask me? Google it yourself. You may just learn something.
Comment icon #9 Posted by ealdwita 10 years ago
Why ask me? Google it yourself. You may just learn something. 'Primi et ultimi in bello' Living up to the family motto then, I see.
Comment icon #10 Posted by 27vet 10 years ago
Go to http://www.scotese.com/climate.htm you will find some answers there. The graph in the link says it all. Right now the Earth is coming out of a glacial period and going into an interglacial period. In general the Earth has been much warmer in the past.
Comment icon #11 Posted by gnostic-deity 10 years ago
Comment icon #12 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON 10 years ago
I remember 5 years ago my friend had hair & now he has none its amazing what can happen over a short period of time.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Mcd888 10 years ago
27vet u r correct
Comment icon #14 Posted by csspwns 10 years ago
now its just a barren wasteland
Comment icon #15 Posted by MadMike740 10 years ago
I bet there's a lot of oil and coal beneath all that ice. Too bad for the Antarctic Treaty which bans drilling oil and mining for minerals.


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