Life found under 3,000 feet of ice in Antarctica
The discovery is in a way challenging the hypothesis that nothing could live in such extreme conditions.
What if we tell you that there is a life hidden under 3,000 feet of ice? Oh yes, you heard us right. Apparently, researchers have discovered life buried under 3,000 feet of ice in Antarctica. The discovery is in a way challenging the hypothesis that nothing could live in such extreme conditions.
Earlier it was thought that Antarctica's freezing temperatures and lack of light and food made it impossible for living creatures to flourish. The creatures were found attached to a rock in the arctic sea under the Filchner-Ronne ice shelf. The British Antarctic Survey drilled into 2,860 feet of ice before making the discovery.
The scientists mentioned that they didn't weren't looking out for life on the continent. They were drilling through the ice layers to collect samples from the seafloor. However, when their camera hit a boulder and they reviewed the footage, it unveiled the discovery. The video revealed two types of unidentified motionless animals.
"Never in a million years would we have thought about looking for this kind of life, because we didn't think it would be there," Griffiths stated to The Guardian.
“This discovery is one of those fortunate accidents that pushes ideas in a different direction and shows us that #Antarctic marine life is incredibly special and amazingly adapted to a frozen world,” says BAS scientist @griffiths_huw— British Antarctic Survey (@BAS_News) February 15, 2021
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Discovery of life after drilling through 900m of Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf in #Antarctica.— British Antarctic Survey (@BAS_News) February 15, 2021
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