Prehistoric moss remnants found under ice in Arctic
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Prehistoric moss remnants found under ice in Arctic

April 12, 2021

Once there were streams and ponds where there are glaciers now.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In the northwestern region of Greenland, the remains of prehistoric vegetation have been found. Scientists have taken soil samples under a two-kilometer layer of ice, Gismeteo reports. They expected to get only stones and sand. However, they found out that there was vegetation on the site of the glacier a million years ago. Researchers found remnants of moss, twigs and leaves.

Scientists found out that there was vegetation on the site of the glacier a million years ago

Experts suggest that the vegetation remains found are characteristic of the tundra, which covers the ice-free part of Greenland. In addition, there were streams and ponds on the site of glaciers.

Scientists explain that over the past million years there have been several periods of warming, which lasted for about 10 thousand years when the level of the World Ocean was rising, and the glaciers at the poles were receding.

Earlier, butterflies from Taimyr were found on Novaya Zemlya. We also reported that, according to scientists, because of the snow melting in the Arctic, greens may return again.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: katla-travel.is, Colombia University

April 12, 2021

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