Some parts of the Antarctic Peninsula will change colors as some green show that’s caused by blooming algae is expected to spread with the increased global temperatures, according to recent research.
Antarctica is devoid of planet life, but this doesn’t mean that it’s not home to some types of algae – these are growing on the slushy show, and they are sucking the carbon dioxide from the air.
Experts at the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey combined satellite imagery with on-the-ground observations in order to detect the current extent of green algae in the world’s most barren continent.
Researchers managed to find over 1,600 separate green algae blooms on snow across the peninsula, with a combined surface area of 1.9 square kilometers.
The amount of biomass is significant in Antarctica
Science alert notes what experts believe.
“Even though the numbers are relatively small on a global scale, in Antarctica where you have such a small amount of plant life, that amount of biomass is highly significant,” Matt Davey from Cambridge’s Department of Plant Sciences recently said.
He continued and explained that “A lot of people think Antarctica is just snow and penguins. In fact when you look around the fringe, there is a lot of plant life.”
The team also calculated that algae on the peninsula are currently absorbing levels of CO2, which are the equivalent to 875,000 average car journeys.
It’s also important to note that the polar regions are warming up much faster compared to other parts of the planet, and the team predicted that the coastal areas of Antarctica in lower zones would soon be free from algae as they’re experiencing snow-free summers.
On the other hand, we’ll soon see large algae blooms as the temperatures rise, and the show from the higher altitude softens.
“As Antarctica continues to warm on small low-lying islands, at some point, you will stop getting snow coverings on those in the summer,” said Andrew Gray, lead author of the study.
We recommend that you check out the original study in order to learn all the details.