Flourishing Flora Indicates Climate Crisis

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The spread of these species will cause changes in soil acidity, the bacteria and fungi in the soil, and in how organic matter decomposes. Changes in soil chemistry, as well as degradation of permafrost, will cause a cascade of changes, with “consequences on all components of terrestrial ecosystems”, said Cannone.

These native plant species in Antarctica have gained a stronghold on more coastal territory. The decrease of fur seals that controlled the growth of the minuscule plants and warmer temperatures from climate change have contributed to the sudden explosion of the cold-adapted flora.

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