Life under Ice

Researchers unexpectedly find a community of sea creatures in the ocean beneath an ice shelf.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM February 9, 2007

Deep below a thick slab of floating ice off Antarctica, an astounding community of creatures has surprised scientists who had expected to find nothing there.

In December 2003, researchers drilled a hole through the Amery ice shelf in Antarctica. They picked a spot that was 100 kilometers (62 miles) from open ocean. And they had to dig through 480 meters (1,575 feet) of ice just to get to the ocean underneath.

The satellite image of Antarctica shows the location of the Amery ice shelf (arrow).

The satellite image of Antarctica shows the location of the Amery ice shelf (arrow).

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