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In Palmer Station's aquatic lab, Hannah Oswalt passes by the two giant tanks containing the many tubs of different amphipod species growing under possible future ocean conditions. Facing the Ultimate Acid Test
Science / The Biological World
Monday May 11, 2020

Some of the Southern Ocean's smallest animals are facing big challenges. The once-exceedingly stable Southern Ocean around Antarctica is warming, and as it absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, it is also growing more acidic.
On an island known only as 319 near Palmer Station, David Beilman (left) and Dulcinea Groff sample a mound of peat below a bed of moss. Masses of Mosses
Science / The Biological World
Tuesday April 14, 2020

As the continent warms, Antarctica is getting greener. Plants are taking hold where glaciers once covered the landscape. Moss in particular is sprouting up in new spots where it had been previously inhospitable. While moss isn't a new arrival to the continent, its spread could mean big changes for the ecosystems of Antarctica.

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