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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You can listen to Prof Francis on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs
Her pragmatic, calm and very sensible view that the causes of climate change are natural but accelerated by man (if I understood correctly!) and the time scales being longer than some have predicted and that we need to adapt rather than panic was very comforting to me. Her images were beautiful. I am proud of our 'British Antarctic Survey'.
Excellent at conveying wide range of complex issues to a very general audience.
The lecture will be preceded by the CSAR Annual General meeting which is expected to last ten minutes
CSAR Annual General Meeting
Prof. Sir Mike Gregory