Monday, May 20, 2024
Contact    |    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon  
Unexplained Mysteries
You are viewing: Home > News > Nature & Environment > News story
Welcome Guest ( Login or Register )  
All ▾
Search Submit

Nature & Environment

Life may thrive down in icy Antarctic caves

By T.K. Randall
September 11, 2017 · Comment icon 16 comments

What could be living in these icy caves ? Image Credit: PD-USGOV-NOAA
Scientists have found evidence of life in a cave system hidden deep beneath the Antarctic ice.
Earth's southernmost continent might not be the most obvious place to look for warm, habitable environments, but according to a new study, some of the cave systems situated beneath the icy wastes of Antarctica are not only warm but are also potentially teeming with life.

The caves hollowed out around Mt Erebus on Antarctica's Ross Island for instance are so warm that it is possible to comfortably wander around them without even needing a coat.

Light can also make its way down in to the caves where the ice above is particularly thin.
By examining soil samples collected from these caves, the scientists were able to find evidence of mosses, algae and even small animals.

"The results from this study give us a tantalizing glimpse of what might live beneath the ice in Antarctica - there might even be new species of animals and plants," said Dr Ceridwen Fraser.

The next step of the research will involve actively seeking out organisms within the cave system.

"If they exist, it opens the door to an exciting new world," said Professor Laurie Connell.

Source: New Zealand Herald | Comments (16)




Other news and articles
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by AstralHorus 7 years ago
I feel their gonna stumble upon a active nazi base, and branden Frazier is gonna save the day in a comical fashion.
Comment icon #8 Posted by AstralHorus 7 years ago
Also Russian scientist found a nazi artic base that was abandoned. Think I saw it here originally  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3856700/Russian-scientists-Nazi-base-evacuated-staff-ate-infected-polar-bear-meat.html
Comment icon #9 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
I bet the find some really cool stuff in the caves.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Parsec 7 years ago
Yeah, Arctic and Antarctic are not exactly the same
Comment icon #11 Posted by glorybebe 7 years ago
Funny how stories of worlds hidden under ice could have a little bit of a possibility.  
Comment icon #12 Posted by AstralHorus 7 years ago
True but like stated, still interesting to think of the possibility with this new light that has been shed.
Comment icon #13 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
Great and very interesting find.  Can they look for a Stargate while they're there as well? If the caves are that warm we can see if we can grow food down there.  Plenty of water available.  I guess we'd have to make sure the caves are stable first.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Prif_the_Pirate 7 years ago
There is evidence that Hitler was actually sent the Anenerbe down to Antarctica before WW2. The connection between the history of Anenerbe and the speculated Vril society isn't clear.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Parsec 7 years ago
He also sent men both to the Sahara and Gobi deserts, yet they are quite different places.  So what's your point?    Alas, I do miss Brendan Fraser!
Comment icon #16 Posted by Prif_the_Pirate 7 years ago
My point is that there were Nazis at both poles around WW2. Although it is doubtful they really built a base with flying saucers that attacked Admiral Byrd's fleet during Operation Highjump, they were there. Just pointing it out because it's a cool fact. Brendan Fraser is a Hollywood gem.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


Our new book is out now!
Book cover

The Unexplained Mysteries
Book of Weird News

 AVAILABLE NOW 

Take a walk on the weird side with this compilation of some of the weirdest stories ever to grace the pages of a newspaper.

Click here to learn more

We need your help!
Patreon logo

Support us on Patreon

 BONUS CONTENT 

For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can gain access to a wide range of exclusive perks including our popular 'Lost Ghost Stories' series.

Click here to learn more

Top 10 trending mysteries
Recent news and articles