Life discovered under 900 meters of ice

Scientists have accidentally discovered a strange form of life, located 900 meters below the icy depths of Antarctica.

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The discovery is as unexpected as it is accidental. While on a drilling mission to the depths of Antarctica, the British Antarctic Survey team came across a strange life form, located more than 900 meters deep. As the Phys.org site reports, the surprise of the scientists present there does not come from the form of life itself, but rather from its steady state. Similar to a sponge, the organism depends entirely on the nutrient richness of its environment. In an area where liquid water is particularly scarce, and in conditions as extreme as those of Antarctica, it is actually rather surprising that such a stationary form of life has survived, the latter tending rather to disappear in the benefit from mobile organisms as food becomes scarce.

“This discovery is one of those happy accidents that push us to question ourselves differently” — Dr Huw Griffiths de la British Antarctic Survey

To understand how this tough organism managed to survive for so many years under several hundred meters of ice, in a particularly inhospitable region of the world, the scientists in charge of this discovery will have to compete in ingenuity. Indeed, the research area is not only located 900 meters deep, but also very far from the base camp, more than 260 km from the laboratories. It is therefore with limited means that researchers will “Having to find new and innovative means” to complete their studies.

Published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Marine Science, this discovery is not only of interest to terrestrial biologists. According to NASA astrobiologist Kevin Hand, exploring the depths of our planet is even one of the keys to better understanding extraterrestrial life on other planets in our solar system.


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