Antarctic moss a charming but chilling sign of warming

Grist: A fleecy clump of moss growing on the Antarctic Peninsula might not seem like much of a sight to behold, but it`s a sign of a climate in flux. The patch of Polytrichum moss, sampled in 2008 by scientists at Alexander Island`s Lazarev Bay, either did not exist or was slumbering beneath ice when the peninsula was first spotted by Russian sailors in 1820. But now it is flourishing on ice-free rock - the world`s southernmost such moss bank. The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest-warming......

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