“We would put them under the microscope with a little bit of water, and the leaves that were on the stems of these twigs would just begin to unfurl,” Christ recalled. “Which was amazing, because they’ve been under ice for hundreds of thousands of years.”
One Million Year Old Twigs and Leaves Unfurled When Hydrated
Fossilized plant matter brought up from deep below the Greenland Ice Sheet in 1966 has been examined and suggests the area was free of ice at some point in the last million years, a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports. The plant matter included twigs, leaves and moss.
Amazing discovery of 1.1 million year old vegetation hidden under a super thick ice sheet. Greenland’s melting ice spells future trouble for a significant part of Earth’s population. Click title above to read.