Ancient Forests of Nunavut May Return within a Century

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#1)  Ancient Forests of Nunavut May Return within a Century

Postby edfrank » Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:13 pm

Ancient Forests of Nunavut May Return within a Century
From: David A Gabel, ENN
Published September 21, 2012

The far northern province of Canada known as Nunavut (pronounced none-of-it) is currently a largely barren land. The tundra extends as far as the eye can see, and is covered with ice and snow the further north one goes.

According to a study from Alexandre Guertin-Pasquier of the University of Montreal's Department of Geography, Nunavut's ancient forests may return by the year 2100....

"According to the data model, climate conditions on Bylot Island will be able to support the kinds of trees we find in the fossilized forest that currently exist there, such as willow, pine and spruce. I've also found evidence of a possible growth of oak and hickory near the study site during this period.," Guertin-Pasquier said. "Although it would of course take time for a whole forest to regrow, the findings show that our grandchildren should be able to plant a tree and watch it grow."

This study is being presented at the 22nd Canadian Paleontology Conference in Toronto.

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