Which species will win or lose as Antarctica’s ice melts?


Scientists are closely watching Antarctica’s ice sheets as human-driven global warming melts the continent. But few studies have focused on what’s happening to ice-free areas — the places that penguins, seals, plants, and microbes call home.

Australian researchers this week took a closer look at the rocky outcrops, cliff faces, and mountaintops sprinkled throughout Antarctica. They found these isolated habitats will experience significant changes as ice shelves and glaciers melt due to warming air and water temperatures.

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