Outdoor World

The 280 million-year-old forest in the South Pole

( CNN) Antarctica as we know it is a frosty wilderness covered in thick compacted ice.

During the last Antarctic summer, geologist Erik Gulbranson and a team of polar scientists chanced upon fossils from the oldest polar wood found on the continent — before the first dinosaur strolled the Earth.

Now the team is braving the ground of ice once more to uncover clues as to how woodlands once prospered there.

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