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

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Researchers subsequently concluded that warm currents, melting ice and higher temperatures all had a role to play in the break up of Larsen B. However, it was the accidental findings of an earlier expedition that really set the scientific community talking.

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In a paper published in 2005 a team from the U.S. Antarctic Program detailed a fascinating discovery in the region of Larsen B. While investigating sediment on the seabed, they were surprised to stumble upon a vibrant ecosystem some 2,600 feet beneath the surface of the waves.

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