Volcanoes can also be protective
March 13 , 2014
Volcanoes are usually known for their destructibility. However, recent studies reveal that they're also protective when it comes to plants and bugs that have managed to survive Antarctica's ice.
"Volcanic steam can melt large ice caves under the glaciers, and it can be tens of degrees warmer in there than outside," a lead researcher said. "Caves and warm steam fields would have been great places for species to hang out during ice ages."
The finding is based on the discovery, according to which more lichens and small bugs are known to exist near volcanoes today. It also answered the question as to how species have been surviving the cold region since millions of years.