The winners and losers of Antarctica’s great thaw

Antarctica’s ice-free areas are currently limited to a scattering of rocky outcrops along the coastline, or cliff faces, or the tops of mountain ranges. They form small patches of suitable habitat in a huge sea of ice, much like islands.

As a result, the plants and animals that live there are often isolated from each other. But as Antarctica’s climate warms, we expect ice-free areas to get bigger and eventually start joining up. This would create more habitat for native species, but also new opportunities for non-native species to spread.

https://theconversation.com/the-winners-and-losers-of-antarcticas-great-thaw-80140?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Weekend%20Conversation%20-%2077366119&utm_content=The%20Weekend%20Conversation%20-%2077366119+CID_5053a7faec7a585682f198b5f36f9188&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=The%20winners%20and%20losers%20of%20Antarcticas%20great%20thaw

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