The Ross Ice Shelf Project

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Science  02 Feb 1979:
Vol. 203, Issue 4379, pp. 433-434
DOI: 10.1126/science.203.4379.433


A hole was drilled through the Ross Ice Shelf 450 kilometers from the barrier. Scientific sampling through this hole revealed a sparse population of crustaceans, fish, and microbial biomass. The seabed consists of mid-Miocene glaciomarine mud. Geothermal heat flow is average. Oceanographic data indicate an active circulation and melting at the base of the ice.