Melting glaciers reveal land unseen in 40,000 years


Researchers say melting glaciers are revealing land that has not been seen in tens of thousands of years, according to a new study.

Scientists studied dozens of plants from the edges of melting ice caps on Canada‘s Baffin Islands. 

Using radio-carbon dating, they discovered that most of the plants had been under the ice for at least 40,000 years. Not only that, but the same species of plants continue to grow on Baffin Island.

Yet the discovery also has researchers again warning about the dangers of climate change. They say the findings suggest that the arctic region is seeing its warmest century in at least 115,000 years. 

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