Age-old Arctic plants uncovered by retreating glaciers

Glaciers melting rapidly on Baffin Island are uncovering Arctic landscapes not seen in over 40,000 years—and possibly much longer, Nunatsiaq News reports.

This is according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications by a group of American scientists who spent three summers surveying ice caps on eastern Baffin Island around the Cumberland Peninsula.

- It’s very apparent that the glaciers are retreating rapidly, said lead researcher and study co-author Simon Pendleton of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado Boulder.