Life amidst the ice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Researching an interesting story today about climate-change impacts in Antarctica gave me a chance to dig through my archive of photos from that most distant of continents. The story was about scientists measuring the growth rate in moss, one of the very few plants able to grow in that harsh environment.
I remembered that, during our trip we landed on several islands just north of the Antarctic mainland where there actually was a little bit of green visible amidst the stunning vistas of ice-draped mountains semi-frozen seas. While we were there, I didn’t think much about the significance of the moss, but I did realize it was unusual. Little did I know that the unobtrusive little plants are the Antarctic equivalents of old-growth forests, helping to unravel the mysteries of climate change.