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April 21, 2023

Previously ice-entombed dead black moss exposed on rocks along Cape Rasmussen

Previously ice-entombed dead black moss is exposed on rocks along the shoreline of Cape Rasmussen on the Antarctic Peninsula. Radiocarbon dating of the moss revealed that glaciers advanced during three distinct phases in the northern Antarctic Peninsula over the past 1,500 years.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grants 2041527, OPP 1745082 and OPP 1745068.]

Learn more in The Geological Society of America news release Kill Dates for Re-Exposed Black Mosses. (Date of image: March 4, 2020; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: April 21, 2023)

Credit: Derek Ford/University of Hawaii, Manoa

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