Science: Life Across the Pole

Nearly 5,000 miles from familiar forests, the traveling New Zealand naturalists were delighted to find that they might well have been tramping their own woodlands. There in the rain forests of southern Chile were vast stands of beech, remarkably similar to the trees of their native land. The damp Chilean glades were greenly upholstered with ferns and mosses almost exactly like those that grow in Australasia. Even swarming insects looked the same as the insects of home. How did delicate plant and insect life ever make the difficult migration across great southern oceans or the hostile icecap of Antarctica?

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