Until recently, the existence of life in the relatively deep cul-de-sacs beneath the large Antarctic ice shelves was primarily a topic of speculation. Evidence for life was limited to the collection of specimens in or through natural cracks in the shelf ice: diatoms obtained near the surface 520 km from the open sea and amphipods and a fish obtained about 25 km from the leading edge and at depths of 40 to 75 m. Fish have also been taken from a proglacial lake adjacent to another ice shelf. Since the completion of an access hole through the Ross Ice Shelf at 82 degree 22. 5 prime S, 168 degree 37. 5 prime W, 475 km from the open Ross Sea several additional pieces of evidence for life have been obtained. We report here some of the observations made with a camera and baited traps.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Unknown Host Publication Title|
|Publisher||Van Nostrand Reinhold Co|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1984|
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