Jump to content
Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -

Hidden Ecosystems? NASA’s New Evidence of Vast Life Lurking Beneath Antarctic Ice

Grim Reaper 6

Recommended Posts

Until now, researchers believed the packed sea ice of the Southern Ocean (also known as the Antarctic Ocean) blocked all light from reaching the sea beneath. This prevented phytoplankton — tiny algae which are the base of aquatic food webs — from growing there. The less light that is available, the less the phytoplankton can photosynthesize and therefore the less phytoplankton there will be. This means that a lack of sunlight heavily restricts life beneath the ice. However, research inspired by increasing under-ice blooms of phytoplankton in the Arctic has shown that Antarctic waters also have unexpected denizens, indicating that there is underestimated ecological variability under the ice. https://scitechdaily.com/hidden-ecosystems-nasas-new-evidence-of-vast-life-lurking-beneath-antarctic-ice/

Evidence of phytoplankton blooms under Antarctic sea ice: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2022.942799/full


  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites


This very topic was the basis for a couple of books of fiction/adventure by an Australian author named Greig Beck.  

Beneath the Dark Ice (2009)

I love his books.


  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

23 minutes ago, jethrofloyd said:

I hope the scientists will soon find a similar hidden living ecosystem under the ice on the Jupiter's moon Europa.

They already believed there is one, however what type of life it supports is anyone guess. From what I have read the life on Europa is most likely similar to life found around volcanic vent Black Smokers on Earth. But, anyway I am with you I would like know what type of ecosystem do exist there.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.