Ross Sea Region in the Middle Miocene: A Glimpse into the Past

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Science  02 Feb 1979:
Vol. 203, Issue 4379, pp. 437-438
DOI: 10.1126/science.203.4379.437


Fossil diatoms and pollen from sea-floor sediments beneath the Ross Ice Shelf indicate that a permanent ice cover was not present in the Ross Sea and that vegetation including angiosperms, gymnosperms, and ferns existed on at least some parts of the largely glaciated Antarctic mainland in the late middle Miocene.