Living organisms discovered under the ice shelf in Antarctica

Living organisms found under the ice shelf in Antarctica

A variety of living organisms have been found on the seabed beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica, including corals, molluscs, sea mosses, snails and worms. The relevant material with the results of the study was published in the publication Current Biology.

A group of German scientists using hot water drilled wells on the Ekström ice shelf and collected samples from two places on the seabed below it. The collected samples showed that 77 species of living creatures live in this environment.

Radiocarbon dating indicates that the age of some of the discovered species is several thousand years. Finding them in such a hostile and poorly nutritious environment shows that they probably survive due to phytoplankton carried by little-studied currents under the ice shelves.

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