Antarctica is an important regulator of the planet's climate capable of influencing, according to scientists, phenomena as far away as the flowering of cherry trees in Japan or the clarity of the skies of the Atacama desert.
The Antarctic continent influences, for example, the existence of the Atacama desert and the clarity of its skies, considered the best on the planet to observe the sky.
According to the scientist, one of the factors that make this desert the driest on the planet is "the influence of Antarctica on the ocean current that rises along the Chilean coast."
Another of the many factors that make the frozen continent an important regulator of the Earth's climate is the melting of the ice sheets.
“All the oceans are connected and that is why anything that happens on this continent can lead to intense drought or torrential rains in different parts of the planet. It's like a butterfly effect, "said Bolívar.
In March 2015, Antarctica reached 17.5 degrees, the highest temperature on record.
Four days later, the Atacama desert precipitated the same amount of rain in just 24 hours as in the previous 14 years. The unusual climatic phenomenon unleashed a series of floods that left a total balance of 31 dead and 49 missing.Ecoportal.netSeen in Environmental Newshttp: //noticiasambientales.com.ar