In a scientific discovery paying homage to the plot of 1982 science-fiction thriller “The Factor,” researchers have found life in Antarctica that theoretically shouldn’t exist.
As an alternative of a grotesque, shapeshifting alien parasite, although, these lifeforms are sponges, together with what seem like barnacles.
They had been found after scientists with the British Antarctic Survey drilled beneath a piece of the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, which is greater than 2,950 ft thick, in northwestern Antarctica.
The crew lowered a digicam into the ice shelf gap to see what lay beneath and filmed the organisms clinging to a boulder – the primary time that such life types have been recorded beneath Antarctica’s ice sheets.
In keeping with the crew’s findings, revealed Monday within the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, the sponges and suspected barnacles seem like filter feeders, which feed by pulling out phytoplankton and different microscopic organisms from water.
Huw Griffiths, one of many authors on the research who analyzed the footage from the expedition, informed New Scientist journal that “there’s all types of causes they shouldn’t be there” and stated that the closest supply of daylight ― wanted by phytoplankton to outlive ― was about 370 miles away.
However, the invention hints that the seemingly harsh waters beneath Antarctica’s ice could also be extra life-sustaining than initially thought.
“It’s a spot the place, basically, we didn’t anticipate this type of neighborhood to reside in any respect,” Griffiths informed Reside Science. “That is displaying us that life is extra resilient, and extra strong than we ever may have anticipated, if it will possibly put up with these situations.”
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