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Scientists find life 600 feet below ice
Posted 3/15/10


This video frame grab image provided by NASA, taken in Dec. 2009, shows a Lyssianasid amphipod, which is related to a shrimp, where a NASA team lowered a video camera to get the first long look at the underbelly of an ice sheet and a curious shrimp-like creature came swimming by and then even parked itself on the cable attached to the camera. In a surprising discovery that shakes the idea of where higher life can thrive, scientists for the first time found a shrimp-like creature and a jellyfish frolicking beneath a massive Antarctic ice sheet.


Very interesting find, more evidence that life literally finds a way. Now I wonder how thick the ice is on say Europa if this means life could indeed survive in such an environment. It will also be fascinating to find out how such creatures survive and the food chain where there is no light, and is hundreds of feet beneath the ice.


WASHINGTON – In a surprising discovery about where higher life can thrive, scientists for the first time found a shrimp-like creature and a jellyfish frolicking beneath a massive Antarctic ice sheet.

Six hundred feet below the ice where no light shines, scientists had figured nothing much more than a few microbes could exist.

That's why a NASA team was surprised when they lowered a video camera to get the first long look at the underbelly of an ice sheet in Antarctica. A curious shrimp-like creature came swimming by and then parked itself on the camera's cable. Scientists also pulled up a tentacle they believe came from a foot-long jellyfish.


Source -> http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100315/ap_on_sc/us_sci_antarctica_sea_life
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It's Captain America!
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Oh.... is that so?
I hear many microbes can also live in such hostile environments. They're called extremophiles.

Europa? Is that the satellite orbiting Jupiter? Perhaps it might be possible that life does exist there. That is, if the 'water" that they saw there isn't made of liqified methane etc.

Jellyfish? they might be reffering to the giant jellyfish that lives in the Southern Ocean's cold seas... I believe it's 4 meters across and 6 meters in its tentacles when full-grown.
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oh...im not so interested though,,.sorry..~
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How intriguing.
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They're finding life in a lot of places these days!
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im not surprised....there are so much we still dont know about the world
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Amazing, isn't it?
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I agree to tonywazhere
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I would love to see living things live under there.
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Wow
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nothing beats this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcKpx2DxGwY&feature=related

though its no longer unknown.
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wow then they're saying life on the moon is possible or was it mars.
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Ah, I just read this on yahoo yesterday. I wasn't that amazed when I read this, but it was interesting.
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now, finding life and creating life is quite rather different
not interesting
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