Baffin Island Landscapes Ice-Free for First Time in 40,000 Years

Coast of the Remote Peninsula in Sam Ford Fjord, northeast Baffin Island. CREDIT: Ansgar Walk

(From UPI)

Rapidly retreating Arctic glaciers have revealed ancient moss and lichens, ice-free for the first in 40,000 years, according to new analysis by researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

The survey of newly thawed plants, contextualized by temperature records gleaned from Greenland ice cores, suggests the Arctic is experiencing summer highs warmer than any century in 115,000 years.

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