Scientists set to explore newly exposed Antarctic ecosystem

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London: An international team of scientists is all set to start an “urgent mission” to investigate a mysterious underwater world that had been hidden beneath an Antarctic ice shelf for up to 120,000 years.

This vast expanse of water got exposed after a massive iceberg known as A68, which is four times the size of London, calved off from the Larsen Ice Shelf in July 2017. The newly exposed seabed covers an area of around 5,818 square kms. 

Scientist believe that the ecosystem that had likely been hidden beneath the ice for thousands of years may change as sunlight starts to alter the surface layers of the sea.

Marine biologist Katrin Linse from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) will be leading the mission. 

“The calving of A68 provides us with a unique opportunity to study marine life as it responds to a dramatic environmental change,” Linse said in a statement released by Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.

“It’s important we get…

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