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In deepest Antarctica, a testbed for global warming

Earth News: Antartica
Photo: The French-Italian station Concordia in the Antarctic.

Jan 30, 2007
CONCORDIA BASE, Antarctica (AFP) - As top scientists meet in the comfort of Paris to hammer out a major report on climate change, a handful of their confreres hunkered down on a frozen plateau in the middle of Antarctica painstakingly gather warning signs of global warming.

A century ago, Antarctica was deemed a forbidding frozen wilderness, a place irredeemably hostile to settlement or even human life itself.
Today, the fringes of this great white wilderness are valued by scientists as a store of unique wildlife, and its heart is prized as a precious barometer of Earth's fevers and chills.

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