“Green” summer has arrived in the Antarctic: a selection of amazing photos from polar explorers

“Green” summer has arrived in the Antarctic: a selection of amazing photos from polar explorers


When it is winter in Ukraine, it is summer in the Antarctic. Polar scientists from the “Akademik Vernadskyi” station showed how “green” it is.

Amazing landscapes were filmed by Serhiy Glotov and Dmytro Martynenko.

“Usually only snow, ice, frost and icicles are associated with Antarctica.

But now it’s summer there, and at this time the air temperature fluctuates around 0℃”– say the National Antarctic Science Center.

When it is winter in Ukraine, it is summer in the Antarctic

This summer, the highest temperature reached +5℃ (January 3), and the lowest dropped to -1.2℃ (January 12).

Under such conditions, the snow melts, and Antarctica turns green.

Polar scientists explain: the fact is that unique Antarctic vegetation emerges from under the white blanket.

This summer, the highest temperature reached +5℃

Among the local flora, there are two types of vascular plants: the Antarctic pike and pearlwort. Pike is a relative of oats, and pearl barley belongs to the clove family.

There are also about 100 species of mosses and lichens in the Antarctic.

In the summer, Antarctica turns green

Ukrainian polar explorers are investigating how climate change affects Antarctic vegetation. For this, they keep records of bushes and their distribution.

And in addition to climate change, penguins help Antarctic plants to grow.

“It is they who generously “fertilize” the rocks and narrow areas of the soil, making them suitable for further greening.” – say scientists.

Vegetation peeks out from under the snow, and penguins help to “fertilize” it

Scientists even use drones to map vegetation.

And this Antarctic season, research into the Antarctic green cover is just beginning!

Antarctica is home to about 100 species of mosses and lichens

If you want to learn more about the flora and fauna of the Antarctic, the history of research and curiosities from the life of polar explorers, take our test “An icy continent and penguins that you can’t hug. What do you know about Antarctica?”.

There are also two types of vascular plants: Antarctic pike and pearlwort
Our polar explorers are investigating how climate change affects Antarctic vegetation
Polar scientists promise to share the results of research into the green cover
All photos: Serhii Glotov and Dmytro Martynenko/National Antarctic Science Center

It will be recalled that earlier polar explorers showed snow “doughnuts” in the Antarctic.

Read also: They can accelerate up to 6 km/h: polar explorers showed how penguins roll on their stomachs. VIDEO



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