Life Discovered Under Antartica’s Ice

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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antarctica-fish-ross-ice_88132_990x742 Scientists have discovered an abundance of life living under Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf. It had been believed that nothing could survive under Antarctica until recently. With the ice sheet over 30 feet deep, and temperatures below freezing and no sunlight, it is shocking to find out there is flourishing life. The Ocean never stops amazing me.The discovery comes from the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling Project (WISSARD). The project was the first to drill through the layers of ice to reveal the flourishing life underneath. The discovery was made using a custom built robot which was lowered into the hole that was drilled through the ice. This is the first discovery of the grounding zone of Antarctic Glacier and provides a surprising discovery and possibility of marine life in unexpected places. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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