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Remains of a 90-million-year-old rainforest discovered beneath Antarctic ice, study says

by Sophie Lewis, CBS News

The South Pole is surrounded by a harsh, frozen landscape of year-round ice and snow — but it hasn’t always been this way, according to new research published Wednesday in the journal Nature. A group of researchers found evidence that approximately 90 million years ago, Antarctica was home to an ancient, swampy rainforest full of diverse animal and plant life.

The group discovered a surprisingly well-preserved network of roots in a sediment core collected near Pine Island Glacier. When the researchers found the core, they were immediately shocked by its appearance. 

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