A team of researchers has found a huge amount of life beneath the frozen continent

A new proof of the tenacity of these extremist organizations.

In the dark recesses beneath the surface of the Ekstrom ice cap in Antarctica, Scientists have found that 77 species thrive which he described as an environment” very rich“, according to the British Antarctic Survey.

Researchers used hot water to drill two holes in a thick sheet of ice – credit: British Antarctic Survey

All living beings turned out to be suspended beings, Staying in a fixed spot and using their feathered tentacles to remove organic matter from the water flowing around them. They are added to the list of strange creatures discovered under the ice.

A unique and special discovery

, This discovery of living so many lives in these extreme conditions is utterly astonishing. And reminds us how unique and special Antarctic marine life is. It is surprising that we have found evidence of many types of animals, most feed on microalgae (phytoplankton), but no plant or algae can live in this environment. So the big question is, how do these animals survive and thrive here? The study’s lead author, Dr David Barnes, a marine biologist with the British Antarctic Survey, says.

The researchers used hot water to drill two holes in a thick layer of ice. One of them drilled 192 meters of ice until it reached 58 meters of liquid water, while the other drilled through 190 meters of ice to find 110 meters of water below.

A 6,000 year old ecosystem

attachment, The team dropped the camera in the borehole, They radiocarbon found some bryozoa and bivalves to see how long life had lived there. And the answer is impressive to say the least. Carbon dating has shown that the ecosystem has been flourishing for 6,000 years!

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” MDespite being 3-9 kilometers away from the nearest open water, this oasis of life has been floating continuously under the ice for almost 6,000 years”.

What surprised the scientists the most was In past glacial events, much of the Antarctic shelf was covered by ice on the ground below. How did these strange ecosystems survive then? The hypothesis put forward suggests that the organisms lived in small isolated areas where liquid water lived.

These micro-ecosystems are certainly extremely fragile. Warming-induced ice sheet melting threatens them on the front lines. Because today more than a third of the sea ice is at risk of falling. So, if life continues to surprise us with its adaptability, Its fragility should not be overlooked above all in case of imbalance.

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Source: Gizmodo

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