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Scientists Surprised To Find Life Under Antarctic Ice

Images show the sponges and animals living under the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf. (British Antarctic Survey)
Images show the sponges and animals living under the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf. (British Antarctic Survey)

Researchers in Antarctica have found life flourishing in some of the most inhospitable conditions on Earth.

Scientists in Antarctica have found life flourishing in some of the most inhospitable conditions on Earth. After drilling through more than half a mile of ice, researchers plunged a camera another 1,600 feet down to the Antarctic seafloor and were stunned to discover sponge-like animals clinging to rocks.

Their findings, published in a recent study in the journal “Frontiers in Marine Science,” include several potentially new species.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Huw Griffiths, a marine biogeographer with the British Antarctic Survey and the study’s lead author.

Accidental discovery of extreme life


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