The Arctic is now Home to Spruce Trees One Hundred Years Before Expected
Findings from the study find that scientists are extremely underestimating the speed at which the arctic and tundra is melting across the world.
As Climate Change continues to transform the Earth right below our feet it seems that the impossible is happening without us even noticing. Forests are being altered for the worst in places such as the American West as well as in Europe. Further more, boreal trees are moving into an arctic — this is occurring hundreds of years before it was expected.
The tundra and the arctic is now home to young white spruce trees. According to a new study in Alaska, climate scientists did not expect such a thing to happen for another hundred years. The study found that the tree species are expanding to more northern territories of Alaska. In these areas, temperatures are so cold that there has been limited vegetation.
Findings from the study find that scientists are extremely underestimating the speed at which the arctic and tundra is melting across the world. Compared to the rest of the world, arctic areas are warming up nearly four times faster which is leading to entire ecosystems transforming and the release and redistribution of carbon. With more trees growing in the tundra, less sunlight will ultimately be reflected off the ground and will instead be absorbed by the vegetation of the area. This will also leaf to the melting of arctic ice at a faster rate then before.
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