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Cretaceous forests of Antarctica (Geology Section)

Sat. 6 November 2021 at 10:30 am

To be held by Zoom video conferencing.

A talk “Cretaceous forests of Antarctica: back to the future for climate change” to be given by Prof Howard Falcon-Lang, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Monkey puzzles in the Chilean Andes. Photo © Howard Falcon-Lang.

One hundred million years ago, the Earth was in the grip of an extreme Greenhouse Effect. The polar ice caps had all but melted; in the south, rainforests inhabited by dinosaurs existed in their place. These Antarctic ecosystems were adapted to the long months of winter darkness that occur at the poles. If global warming continues unabated, could these ancient forests be a taste of things to come? Might global warming signal a greener future for Antarctica?

Professor Falcon-Lang will talk about the discoveries that have been made in Antarctica and how the flora and fauna were adapted to the polar light regime.

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Sat. 6 November 2021
10:30 am
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Geology Section (Greg Callaghan)


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