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Scientists discover 260 million-year-old Antarctica forest that existed long before dinosaurs

Scientists discover 260 million-year-old Antarctica forest that existed long before dinosaurs Scientists have discovered prehistoric fossils in Antarctica that reveal that the frozen continent once had tree-filled forests. It is estimated that the trees grew around 260 million years ago – long before dinosaurs existed. The discovery was made by geologists Erik Gulbranson and John Isbell of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) while scaling the frozen peaks of the McIntyre Promontory […]

World Ozone Day: Researchers say hole above Antarctica may be closed by 2050

The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer was proclaimed as 16 September in 1994 by the UN General Assembly. The day was selected to commemorate the signing of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer. The theme for Ozone Day 2016 is ‘Ozone and climate: Restored by a world united’. It recognises the collective efforts of the parties to the Vienna convention and the […]

Antarctica Melting So Rapidly That It's Affecting Earth's Gravitational Field

  Experts have discovered an ice region in Antarctica that is melting so rapidly it is affecting the Earth’s gravitaional field. Global warming has altered the wind direction resulting in different current patterns in the sea – shifting warmer waters towards the ice. Up until 2009 the glaciers in the Southern Antarctic Peninsula showed no sign of change, but new research has revealed ice is melting at an alarming rate. […]