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(Nature)   Larsen Iceshelfberg exposes hidden ecosystem that scientists are rushing to study before they disappear. Tag is for satellite photo   ( nature.com) divider line
    More: Scary, Alfred Wegener Institute, Antarctica, ice shelf, Larsen, British Antarctic Survey, Antarctic continental shelf, Antarctic summer lie, Antarctic Marine Living  
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2017-09-26 04:47:34 PM  
Interesting article, I never thought of an ecosystem existing inside an ice shelf/glacier.
 
2017-09-26 05:35:01 PM  
it looks about as big as a shoebox.
 
2017-09-26 05:48:37 PM  
Video footage taken by geophysicists on a US Antarctic Program cruise at the Larsen B site in March 2005 had unexpectedly showed most of the sea floor covered with a white mat, which the team interpreted as a layer of sulfur-eating microbes, as well as large clams, which were also chemotrophic - that is, living on energy sources other than the Sun.

ALL THESE WORLDS...
 
2017-09-26 05:49:21 PM  
*Monolith not required.
 
2017-09-26 05:52:18 PM  
We're measuring icebergs in Delawares now? Is that metric? I JUST figured out Rhode Island conversion!
 
2017-09-26 06:50:52 PM  
This requires a grand poetic vignette I am unworthy of writing.
 
2017-09-26 06:55:06 PM  

lindalouwho: Interesting article, I never thought of an ecosystem existing insidean ice shelf/glacier.


It is stuff living under the ice shelf - like the difference between a monster in your bed vs. one under your bed.

The Bestest: We're measuring icebergs in Delawares now? Is that metric? I JUST figured out Rhode Island conversion!


I believe the preferred European metric unit is a "Luxembourg" and this berg is 2 Luxembourgs, I don't know what the conversion to Rhode Islands is but a Luxembourg is about half a Delaware.

Oh, and the berg is on the move but hasn't completely made it to the high seas yet to mow down ocean liners.

http://earthsky.org/todays-image/giant-iceberg-a68-antarctica-larsen-​c​-drifting

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2017-09-26 07:06:53 PM  

HairBolus: I believe the preferred European metric unit is a "Luxembourg" and this berg is 2 Luxembourgs, I don't know what the conversion to Rhode Islands is but a Luxembourg is about half a Delaware.


Due to Brexit there is now another standard unit:
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2017-09-26 07:37:42 PM  

HairBolus: lindalouwho: Interesting article, I never thought of an ecosystem existing insidean ice shelf/glacier.

It is stuff living under the ice shelf - like the difference between a monster in your bed vs. one under your bed.


Wait.
M... monsters can be in your bed?!

THANKS A LOT, I'LL NEVER SLEEP AGAIN!!
 
2017-09-26 07:55:49 PM  

The Bestest: We're measuring icebergs in Delawares now? Is that metric? I JUST figured out Rhode Island conversion!


Delaware's about 60% bigger, but they're both on the same order of magnitude.
 
2017-09-26 08:04:08 PM  
What is making the scientists disappear?
 
2017-09-26 08:16:14 PM  
Is it the Savage Land?
 
2017-09-26 08:17:31 PM  

lindalouwho: HairBolus: lindalouwho: Interesting article, I never thought of an ecosystem existing insidean ice shelf/glacier.

It is stuff living under the ice shelf - like the difference between a monster in your bed vs. one under your bed.

Wait.
M... monsters can be in your bed?!

THANKS A LOT, I'LL NEVER SLEEP AGAIN!!


You betcha. With the right kind you'll have no opportunity to sleep.

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Then again there is a wrong kind for everything.

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2017-09-26 09:36:42 PM  
Of all the things postulated to live in the Antarctic over the past century, have any not been a threat to the world?
 
2017-09-26 09:40:27 PM  

BolloxReader: Of all the things postulated to live in the Antarctic over the past century, have any not been a threat to the world?


Penguins?
 
2017-09-26 09:57:24 PM  

dionysusaur: BolloxReader: Of all the things postulated to live in the Antarctic over the past century, have any not been a threat to the world?

Penguins?


Sea stars?
 
2017-09-26 10:00:58 PM  

dionysusaur: BolloxReader: Of all the things postulated to live in the Antarctic over the past century, have any not been a threat to the world?

Penguins?


Only in hockey.
 
2017-09-26 10:23:41 PM  

lindalouwho: Interesting article, I never thought of an ecosystem existing inside an ice shelf/glacier.


There are bacteria living between layers of rock at the bottom of the deepest mines.  Not bore holes though as they can go +/- 9,100m and the temp goes to 280C.
 
2017-09-27 04:31:34 AM  
Larsen Iceshelfberg sounds like it should be someone's name.
 
2017-09-27 10:16:41 AM  

puffy999: Larsen Iceshelfberg sounds like it should be someone's name.


And married to Bjork.
 
2017-09-27 11:27:54 AM  
Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!
 
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