Scientists say that this may be the beginning of a new ecosystem as a result of the appearance of algae covers on the melting snow surface in Antarctica.
According to the report by the Guardian newspaper, biologists from the University of Cambridge, the University of Cambridge, and the Antarctic Research Institute, which published the results of the research in the journal “Nature Communications”, may be the beginning of a new ecosystem.
The researchers identified 1679 algae regions formed by unicellular algae by combining satellite and field observations for 6 years in Antarctica. It is stated that the algae covers, which paint the snow surface in green, spread over an area of 1.9 square kilometers in total.
It has been noted that algae, which occur as a result of global warming and in the wet environment on the surface of the snow, can produce 479 tons of carbon emissions per year. Researcher Matt Davey pointed out that moss covers already provide nests for some fungal spores and bacteria, saying, “A living community is formed here, new habitats are emerging. This can start a new ecosystem.” used expressions.
Polar Regions Warming Faster
Scientists have warned that global warming effects cause polar regions to heat faster than the rest of the world. The 20.7 degree temperature measured on February 14 in Seymour Island in Antarctica was recorded as the highest value ever measured on the continent.