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Accidental Discovery Of Life On Antarctica Breaks Assumption That Existence Was Impossible There

Accidental Discovery Of Life On Antarctica Breaks Assumption That Existence Was Impossible There

ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ITDC NEWS Antarctica, in all its splendour, lives up to its nickname ‘The Ice’ and is one of the few places on Earth whose frigid and icy weather makes life on the continent near futile. It is no wonder that the accidental discovery of life forms nearly 900 metres below the surface of an ice shelf was an encounter that none of the scientists had foreseen.

Antarctica, in all its splendour, lives up to its nickname ‘The Ice’ and is one of the few places on Earth whose frigid and icy weather makes life on the continent near futile. It is no wonder that the accidental discovery of life forms nearly 900 metres below the surface of an ice shelf was an encounter that none of the scientists had foreseen.

The experts had drilled a borehole almost 900 metres deep into the Filchner- Ronne Ice Shelf, which is situated on the southeastern Weddell Sea. Soon after they had lowered their camera into the hole, they were able to spot the living creatures that were stuck to a boulder.

The creatures resembled stationary objects — similar to sponges or potentially unknown species. The most surprising aspect of the discovery, however, were the conditions under which these life forms were living.

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