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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-12 02:00 AM
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Alien invaders threaten Antarctic fringes (BBC)
By Richard Black
Environment correspondent, BBC News

The fringes of Antarctica are being invaded by alien plants and tiny animals, scientists have found.

Researchers scoured the clothes and boots of tourists and scientists visiting the continent, and found that most were carrying plant seeds.

Alien plants already grow on the fast-warming Antarctic Peninsula.

Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the team says the plants are likely to spread as the climate warms.

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More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17258799
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-12 04:35 PM
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1. That's OK: before successful farming can be undertaken in Antarctica ...
rising seas will inundate all of the incipient farmland. ;-)
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-12 05:07 PM
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2. Didn't I read about this in The Mountains of Madness?


Yeah, yeah, no laughing matter, I'm more worried about the complete death of the Eastern Deciduous Forest biome in the US (the world's largest continuous deciduous forested zone) which is scheduled to take place if the temperature rises by one degree, and which nopony cares about.
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