Life may be thriving in Antarctic caves

  1. Brian G Turner

    Brian G Turner He's a very naughty boy! Staff Member

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    A study suggested that caves beneath the ice in Antarctica could be as warm as 25 C, and have their own ecosystems including higher plants and small animals:

    Unknown species may thrive in Antarctic caves - BBC News

    I'm presuming by "animals" they mean insects, rather than mice, though. :)
     
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  2. J Riff

    J Riff The Ants are my friends..

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    ANd probably more water under there than suspected. No eyeballs, some of 'em - like they are blunk out, but still able to get around. Like most of the biomass of Earth - no light needed, thank you. )
     
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    "I'm presuming by "animals" they mean insects..." Ah! So this is where J Riff's lab is. (Ants and all).
     
  4. Alexa

    Alexa traveller space dreamer

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    I don't understand what's so intriguing about those soil samples. It could be only traces since Antarctica was part of Australia millions years ago.
     
  5. Brian G Turner

    Brian G Turner He's a very naughty boy! Staff Member

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    The suggestion is that we're looking at another unique cave ecosystem, like others recently found around the world. The difference being this one could be especially exotic precisely because of the reason you mentioned. :)

    DNA tends to break down quickly after death, unless specifically preserved - such as by permafrost, or being encased in amber.
     
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  6. BAYLOR

    BAYLOR There Are Always new Things to Learn.

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    It wouldn't surprise me at all if they found life in the caves
     
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