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September 24 2012

Mysterious, Ancient Forest May Reappear by 2100


Global climate change means that recently discovered ancient forests in Canada's extreme north could one day return, according to Alexandre Guertin-Pasquier of the Univ. of Montreal's Department of Geography, who is presented his findings at the Canadian Paleontology Conference in Toronto.

“According to the data model, climate conditions on Bylot Island will be able to support the kinds of trees we find in the fossilized forest that currently exist there, such as willow, pine and spruce. I've also found evidence of a possible growth of oak and hickory near the study site during this period,” Guertin-Pasquier says. “Although it would of course take time for a whole forest to regrow, the findings show that our grandchildren should be able to plant a tree and watch it grow.”.

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