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Moss is turning Antarctica's icy landscape green

By: Zamira Rahim, CNN
May 19, 2017 Updated: May 19, 2017 at 9:03 pm
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Thick banks of moss on the Antarctic Peninsula are an important environmental archive, preserving records of the region's climate. (Photo from CNN.com)

Antarctica is home to ice, penguins and -- thanks to climate change -- rapidly increasing levels of moss, scientists say.

Moss banks, found across parts of the western Antarctic Peninsula, have grown dramatically over the past 50 years, according to a study published in the scientific journal Current Biology.

Moss growth has "increased by 4 or 5 times" in the past five decades, according to Tom Roland, one of the co-authors of the report.

For landscape images, Bernasconi used filters to achieve the best possible in-camera exposure, and a sturdy carbon tripod with equipment to realize panorama shots. (Photo from CNN.com) 

Higher temperatures and less ice are "likely open up more land for the moss ecosystems to expand into," Roland said, leading to the "'greening' of the Peninsula."

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