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Antarctica ‘Greening Because of Climate Change

Friday, May 19, 2017 7:49
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Plant life on Antarctica is growing rapidly due to climate change, scientists have found.

Few plants live on the continent, but scientists studying moss have found a sharp increase in biological activity in the last 50 years. A team including scientists from the University of Exeter used moss bank cores — which are well preserved in Antarctica’s cold conditions — from an area spanning about 400 miles.

They tested five cores from three sites and found major biological changes had occurred over the past 50 years right across the Antarctic Peninsula.

This is a Green Island moss bank with icebergs.

Credit: Matt Amesbury

“Temperature increases over roughly the past half century on the Antarctic Peninsula have had a dramatic effect on moss banks growing in the region,” said Dr Matt Amesbury, of the University of Exeter.

“If this continues, and with increasing amounts of ice-free land from continued glacier retreat, the Antarctic Peninsula will be a much greener place in the future.”

Recent climate change on the Antarctic Peninsula is well documented, with warming and other changes such as increased precipitation and wind strength.

Weather records mostly began in the 1950s, but biological records preserved in moss bank cores can provide a longer-term context about climate change.

The scientists analysed data for the last 150 years, and found clear evidence of “changepoints” – points in time after which biological activity clearly increased — in the past half century.

“The sensitivity of moss growth to past temperature rises suggests that ecosystems will alter rapidly under future warming, leading to major changes in the biology and landscape of this iconic region,” said Professor Dan Charman, who led the research project in Exeter. “In short, we could see Antarctic greening to parallel well-established observations in the Arctic.

“Although there was variability within our data, the consistency of what we found across different sites was striking.” The research team, which included scientists from the University of Cambridge and British Antarctic Survey, say their data indicate that plants and soils will change substantially even with only modest further warming.

The same group of researchers published a study focussing on one site in 2013, and the new research confirms that their unprecedented finding can be applied to a much larger region.

Plant life only exists on about 0.3% of Antarctica, but the findings provide one way of measuring the extent and effects of warming on the continent.

The paper, published in the journal Current Biology, is entitled: “Widespread biological response to rapid warming on the Antarctic Peninsula.”

The research was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

The researchers now plan to examine core records dating back over thousands of years to test how much climate change affected ecosystems before human activity started causing global warming.

Contacts and sources:

Alex Morrison

University of Exeter


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  • Firmament Does Exist

    “Climate engineering” is being done covertly through the use of ionospheric heaters and chem trails.

    • beLIEve

      Agree 100% with your comment and ……name :smile:

  • beLIEve

    Ohhhhhh Yea ? ? $$$ £££……….YAWN :idea:

    Die O’REAR….of LYING WHORES :idea:

    Piri Reis MAP :eek:

    The Piri Reis map was DRAWN by Turkish Admiral Piri Rees in 1513 apparently, using earlier SOURCE MAPS stored in the FABLED Library at Alexandria.

    The map depicts ……THE NORTHERN SHORE of Antarctica……FREE of ICE :idea:

    ‘Piri Reis Map: Evidence of a Very Advanced Prehistoric Civilization’?

    ….this map may show Antarctica hundreds of years before the continent was discovered (it was discovered in 1818). Furthermore, it is said to depict Antarctica as it was in a very remote age, BEFORE IT WAS COVERED WITH ICE.

    Captain Lorenzo W. Burroughs, a U.S. Air Force captain in the cartographic section, wrote a letter to Dr. Charles Hapgood in 1961 saying that the “Antarctica” depicted on the Piri Reis map seems to accurately show Antarctica’s coast as it is under the ice.

    “The Princess Martha Coast of Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, appears to be truly represented on the southern sector of the Piri Reis map. The agreement of the Piri Reis map with the seismic profile of this area made by the Norweigan-British-Swedish expedition of 1949 … places beyond a reasonable doubt the conclusion that the ORIGINAL SOURCE MAPS MUST HAVE BEEN MADE BEFORE THE PRESENT Antarctic ICE CAP COVERED the Queen Maud LAND Coasts,” Burroughs wrote, as recorded in Dr. Hapgood’s 1966 book “Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings.”

    * * *

    HOW did Piri Reis CHART the Northern shoreline of Antarctica if it was… UNDER 2 KILOMETRES of ICE ? ?
    Science……or……….SEANCE :idea:

    ‘Antarctic Ice Thicker Than Previously Thought, Study Finds’

    The survey discovered ice thickness average between 1.4m and 5.5m, with a maximum ice thickness of 16m. Scientists also discovered that 76% of the mapped ice was ‘deformed’ – meaning that huge slabs of ice have crashed into each other to create larger, denser bodies of ice.

    * * *


    Antarctica was once …..A GREEN and PLEASANT LAND :idea: :idea: :idea:

    The Australian Aboriginals used to live there , apparently.
    They lived at the South Pole but were forced to leave because of the arrival of ice; ICE COVER that was said to extend all the way up to Perth, Western Australia :!:

    Wide Awake Indigenous People of Australia – David Icke Visits Perth Aboriginal Village

    @ 13:08 – 18:00 Caveat…poor sound quality.
    * * * * * *

    I wonder WHERE the ICE came from ? ?

    Maybe the ICE, rather than being simply a CYCLICAL CYCLE of weather “evolution” WAS……

    A… NUCLEAR-type WINTER…..ENGINEERED by the EL-iteS…..SATANIC-i’ll thieve everything SCUM…..

    ……the “last” time THEY …..”TOOK DOWN” the Planes Domains and Dominions of Earth :idea: :idea: :idea:

    I am aware there is current cotroversy regarding the existence of “nuclear” technologies so, have chosen to use the term….Nuclear-type.

    Also, there is evidence around Earth that the ICE was a FLASH-FREEZE event rather than a gradual slippage into a colder clime.
    A FLASH-FREEZE is, I believe, an indication that the arrival of ICE was an ENGINEERED & HEINOUS …perfidy.

    What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze?

    * * *
    There appears to be evidence that the GENETICALLY INSANE DUNGheap of DEPRAVITIES have ..WREAKED CATASTROPHIC DESTRUCTION upon Earth, on at least ONE PREVIOUS OCCASION :idea:

    Scotland in the North of the UK has evidence of VITRIFIED ROCK indicating an EXTREME HIGH “nuclear” type heat.
    The Libyan desert has vitrified sand.. aka GLASS.. spread across its land mass indicating a high temperature “event”.

    Nuclear Events in Ancient India

    * * * * * *
    From the article above….
    “…The researchers now plan to examine core records dating back over thousands of years to test how much climate change affected ecosystems… BEFORE HUMAN ACTIVITY :evil: STARTED CAUSING :evil: … global warming”.

    Yea $$ :idea: :idea: YAWN !

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