Antarctic creatures took shelter near volcanoes during ice ages, researchers find

03/11/2014 | LiveScience.com

Volcanoes helped plants, insects and animals weather Antarctica's ice ages, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Volcanoes are generally seen as these big, explosive destroyers of life, but they might be important in promoting biodiversity. This explains how life survived in Antarctica, but we think this idea of geothermal refuges could also apply elsewhere," said lead author Ceridwen Fraser, an Australian National University biogeographer.

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