What's living beneath the ice?

NASA doesn’t only study space! They also study the Earth, and the recently drilled an eight-inch hole through the Antarctic ice sheet. In the darkness 600 feet below the ice, where no light shines, they expected to find only microscopic organisms, but were surprised to discover a jellyfish and a shrimp-like creature called a Lyssianasid amphipod. Nobody knows what they eat or how they survive down there.

In the picture above, the camera flash has lit up a section of the hole–you can see its rounded edges and the cable running through it–and the amphipod is the light-colored object just below the center of the picture.

Read more about it in this AP article at CBSNews.com.

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17 Responses to What's living beneath the ice?

  1. Nick K. says:

    wow, that is a very cool new post. How is it possible that jellyfish and shrimp live in ice, 600 feet down.

  2. Nick K. says:

    Do you know how deep down the ice shoot the camera is?

  3. Thomas L. says:

    WOW! There’s actually life in an ice sheet?!?!
    And they’re jellyfish?
    I wonder what there’d be in the desert 600 feet down…

  4. Julian P says:

    Wow, that’s amazing. I wonder if there are prehistoric animas down there. Maybe they’re still alive like Disney if they were frozen. That would be so cool. Oh the possibilities…

  5. Kyle says:

    ok this is really cool. Why havent people found this out before, its really important!

  6. James G says:

    Wow. They probably eat ice, or chew ice and then drink it. It’s a little surprising that such a light picture could be taken 600 ft below, but still wow! Maybe The animals are down there because the ice cap was probably thinner during the Southern Hemisphere’s winter but now that they are going into their winter the animals might have gotten stuck in the ice caps…

  7. Kyle S. says:

    Haha. I am going to go down there and eat the little shrimpy things, hopefully they will taste like shrimp. That is pretty cool though. How could they possibly live down there though. It is like freezing cold and there is no food.

  8. Nick W says:

    I bet you that the shrimp eat eachother, like cannibals. But maybe they eat almost microscopic animals like plankton. Who knows?

  9. SAM s says:

    Is the camera like super close to the hole because it says its an 8 inch hole wutever. what are the black things on the side??

  10. Charles says:

    Is this the first time any scientist has seen this creature? I also think it must eat small organisms or anything it can find.

  11. Roscoe says:

    That’s amazing, how would that tiny shrimp live down there! It might not even have anything to eat. One of the mysteries of modern science I guess.

  12. max poobear says:

    this is amazing.
    this could lead us to a whole new world that we would think could never exist! if non-microscopic organisms live in ice sheets, maybe there is something living even further down to the bottom of the crust.

  13. Callum J. says:

    Oh My gosh
    this is ridiculous. First of all I never even knew that Nasa studied the Earth too, I thought they only studied space. Second of all who would have ever thought that there could be life in that darkness, coldness and even pressure. It is really cool that they found different types of animals that they have never seen before.

  14. Aidan says:

    Its cool to see that there can be life so deep into ice. Maybe this discovery tells us that life could exist on the planets that ar all coverd in ice

  15. Aidan says:

    Its cool to see that there can be life so deep into ice. Maybe this discovery tells us that life could exist on the planets that are all covered in ice.

  16. Peter says:

    I can’t believe that NASA not only studies space but also all around the world. I wonder what they’re going to discover next! I can’t believe that they found animals so deep in the ice!

  17. Ben says:

    i wonder if there are any othere animals that have evolved to such intense conditions

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