Will the Antarctic Go Green Again? Lessons from its Fossil History

Fossil plants preserved in Antarctic rocks show it was once covered in lush green forests, despite being situated over the South Pole. The fossils provide us with a window into life at high latitudes in our future warm world.

  • Mon 13th Nov 2017

Although the polar regions are now covered in ice and snow, fossil plants preserved in rocks in Antarctica show that the continent was once covered in lush green forests that flourished in warm humid climates, even though the continent was situated over the South Pole. The fossils contain a rich store of information about past polar environments and provide us with a window into life at high latitudes in our future warm world

Prof. Jane Francis, British Antarctic Survey

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The lecture will be preceded by the CSAR Annual General meeting which is expected to last ten minutes

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