NEW ANTARCTIC ECOSYSTEM FOUND
A TEAM of scientists, led by British Antarctic Survey, headed to Antarctica on Wednesday to investigate a mysterious marine ecosystem that’s been hidden beneath an Antarctic ice shelf for up to 120,000 years.
The iceberg known as A68, which is four times of London, calved off from the Larsen Ice Shelf in July, 2017. The scientists will travel by ship to collect samples from the newly exposed seabed, which covers an area of around 5,818 km2. It is an urgent mission. The ecosystem that’s likely been hidden beneath the ice for thousands of years may change as sunlight starts to alter the surface layers of the sea.
Satellite monitoring is critical for the ship to navigate through the iced waters to reach this remote location.