Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Life is everywhere

Live Science and others are reporting that a whole ecosystem has been revealed by the collapse of an antarctic ice sheet. A geological survey of the seabottom formerly covered by the Larsen Ice shelf showed clams and bacterial mats around mud volcanoes, or so-called "cold-seep" niches.
What's important about the region is that the Larsen shelf probably kept the area pristine for millenia until its 2002 collapse. It's sort of a footrace to get to these organisms before outsiders arrive.

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