GlacierDogMapMe Finds Evidence of Ancient Life in an Unlikely Place!
* Just below the surface of crumbly dirt in the year 2005, Lewis and Ashworth discover dead beetles, wooden twigs, pieces of dried moss, and bits of other plants. Where? The Friis Hills in Antarctica! Today, the Friis Hills, which sit on a flattop mountain, 60 km (37 mi) from the coast, experience cold winds shooting off the Antarctic Ice Sheet, some 30 km farther inland. The Friis Hills see -50°Celsius (-58°F) winter temperatures, and even a warm summer day rarely exceeds -5°C (23°F). When Lewis and Ashworth placed those bits of the ancient frozen moss in water, the plants swelled into tiny soft, squishy sponges.
* The Friis Hills are a 6 mile-long, 1,750 meter (5,741.5 ft) high cluster of hills at the north side of the bend in Taylor Glacier in Victoria Land.
* Today Antarctica is barren and icy, void of much life other than seals, penguins, and other birds along the shores. However, the ancient bits of bugs and plants discovered by Lewis and Ashworth reveal a different past - one filled with moss, various critters, and forests of leafy trees!
* Nevertheless, even today, Antarctica’s terrain is not completely dead. Small regions of bare, ice-free rock can hide crevices with a faint crust of green algae-stained dirt housing a few creepy-crawly critters which may include worms, tiny flies, six-legged springtails, or small eight-legged mites that are related to ticks.
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