Life Below the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica

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Science  02 Feb 1979:
Vol. 203, Issue 4379, pp. 447-449
DOI: 10.1126/science.203.4379.447


Samples and observations under 420 meters of ice and 430 kilometers from the open sea on the Ross Ice Shelf at a water depth of 597 meters revealed an unusual assemblage of benthic organisms. Scavenging amphipods, an isopod, and fish were present but a living infauna was absent. The observations may be accounted for by sampling or spatial bias, or by extremely low or fluctuating trophic resources.