When you think of Antarctica you usually think of a frozen wasteland with ice and snow covering everything. A new study shows that might not always be the truth in the future as the earth’s temperatures rise. Based on a study from the University of Exeter they found that the changes to the ecology of the area are unprecedented. The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest-warming places on the planet. The growth of moss around the Antarctic Peninsula has greatly increased over the last 50 years due to the rise in temperatures. The group is trying to date core samples back to 1000 years so they can get a better picture of how things were before human induced climate change. Here’s a cool video about the extreme changes near the antarctic peninsula and the Extreme Ice Survey team on an expedition to South Georgia Island near the Antarctic Peninsula.
As a civil engineering student, I take our changing climate as a significant challenge that directly impacts the work we do and the infrastructure we build. Climate change is seen in various ways such as rising global temperatures, more frequent and extreme weather events along with rising sea