Saturday, 24 January 2015

Strange fishes found living under half a mile of ice

The National Science Foundation sponsored a group of scientists on an expedition to the Antarctica. The returned with very interesting results claiming there are fish who live deep below in the Antarctica.
These fish live and perform their life processes without sunlight. The fish live in water about half a mile beneath ice.
Before this expedition, scientists had never ventured into the Whillians Ice Stream, an icy ricer between the west Antarctic Ice Sheet and the Ross Ice Shelf.
The team of scientists went along with drillers. They began drilling on January 8. Previously their aim was narrowed down to understand climate change better. They sent down a robot through a narrow hole they drilled. The robot took photographs of rocks and suspected microbial life. They did not expect to see much as they concluded that the absence of sunlight down below will influence the existence of microbes.To their surprise, the robot returned attracting between 20 and 30 fish as well as some other crustaceans.
The researchers do not have an idea how the ecosystem functions, however they are keeping their fingers crossed that more clues could be deduced from the survival of the fish.
Ross Powell, 63 and member of team of 40 expressed his surprise. Ross said he had worked as a glacial geologist for his whole career and was greatly surprised at their findings as theories suggest there shouldn’t be enough food that much deep, enough to support these fish. He added that the discovery suggests that there is more to be known about the Antarctica than they did.

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