Frozen and desolate Antarctica once boasted warm, swampy rainforests

Frozen and desolate Antarctica once boasted warm, swampy rainforests

Channel NewsAsia - World·2020-04-02 06:11

FILE PHOTO: A glacier is seen in Half Moon Bay, Antarctica. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

WASHINGTON: Antarctica is now a harsh land of ice and snow, but has not always been that way.

Earth's southernmost continent long ago was home to temperate, swampy rainforests teeming with life, scientists said on Wednesday based on pristinely preserved forest soil they retrieved by drilling under the seafloor off Antarctica's coast.

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