Antarctic voyage will explore ocean hidden under ice for 100,000 years

Scientists on board German research icebreaker Polarstern hope to observe underwater ecosystem changing in real-time.

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Mar 05, 2019
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Scientists are setting out to explore a marine realm that was hidden from the Sun for more than 100,000 years.

In July 2017, a giant iceberg broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf east of the Antarctic Peninsula, revealing a large swathe of ocean that had lain in darkness beneath the ice.

The newly exposed seabed might hold clues to the evolution and mobility of marine life and its response to climate change.

A team led by Boris Dorschel, chief scientist of a 45-strong international team on board the German research icebreaker Polarstern, is planning to set off from Chile this week to explore for the first time the sea that the ice had concealed. The ship is currently docked in Puntas Arena in Chile, where it is being loaded for the nine-week expedition.

By: Quirin Schiermeier/Nature News

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