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Ancient Antarctica was a warm swampy rainforest, says sediment study

It’s hard to imagine Antarctica as anything other than a freezing lifeless landscape, but that wasn’t always the case. Now, an international team has recovered a 90-million-year old soil sample that paints the most detailed picture of ancient Antarctica ever found, revealing a swampy rainforest and balmy temperatures.According to the…
bubmag
April 2, 2020
Antarctica

‘Dinosaurs walked through Antarctic forests’

Image copyright AWI/James McKay Image caption An artist's impression of what it might have looked like in West Antarctica 90 million years ago Scientists drilling off the coast of West Antarctica have found the fossil remains of forests that grew in the region 90 million years ago - in the…
bubmag
April 1, 2020
Antarctica

Temperate rainforests near the South Pole during peak Cretaceous warmth

AbstractThe mid-Cretaceous period was one of the warmest intervals of the past 140 million years1,2,3,4,5, driven by atmospheric carbon dioxide levels of around 1,000 parts per million by volume6. In the near absence of proximal geological records from south of the Antarctic Circle, it is disputed whether polar ice could exist under such…
bubmag
April 1, 2020
Antarctica

Temperate rainforests near the South Pole during peak Cretaceous warmth

AbstractThe mid-Cretaceous period was one of the warmest intervals of the past 140 million years1,2,3,4,5, driven by atmospheric carbon dioxide levels of around 1,000 parts per million by volume6. In the near absence of proximal geological records from south of the Antarctic Circle, it is disputed whether polar ice could exist under such…
bubmag
April 1, 2020
Antarctica

Science News Briefs from around the Planet

Somewhat fresher chicken eggs than the ones discovered from the time of Roman Britain. Credit: Steve MirskyHere are a few brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about the discovery of an intact chicken egg dating to Roman Britain.Hi, I’m Scientific American podcast editor Steve…
bubmag
March 29, 2020