This Enormous Ice Shelf Has Broken Up – And It’s Revealed A Mysterious Primeval Ecosystem

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Moreover, with a staggering 98 percent of the continent’s surface covered in ice, Antarctica holds its mysteries close to its chest. But every year, more and more of that ice is melting, revealing things that have been hidden for hundreds of thousands of years.

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Even though temperatures in Antarctica have been known to drop as low as -128° F, there are still some brave souls who spend sustained periods of time on its frozen plains. At the height of summer, in fact, as many as 4,000 scientists and researchers call the continent home.

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During the mid 1990s these researchers began to report something strange that was happening in a region known as the Larsen Ice Shelf. Located in the Weddell Sea, this 30,000 square mile sheet of ice hugs the Antarctic Peninsula’s eastern coast.

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