Life Hidden Half-Mile Beneath Antarctic Ice

August 20, 2014 9:39 PM

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Antarctica may be the coldest place on Earth, but that doesn't mean life won't find a way to survive. Researchers recently found a rich microbial ecosystem living underneath Antarctica's thick ice sheet, where no sunlight has been felt for millions of years.

Nearly 4,000 species of microbes inhabit Lake Whillans, which lies beneath 2,625 feet (800 meters) of ice in West Antarctica, researchers reported in the journal Nature.

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