In DepthMarine Ecology

Ice-shrouded life sees daylight

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Science  15 Dec 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6369, pp. 1366
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6369.1366

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When an iceberg the size of Delaware snapped off the Larsen C ice shelf last July and began drifting away, it exposed an expanse of ocean along the eastern Antarctic Peninsula that hadn't seen daylight in hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. In February 2018, a hastily assembled research team will, for the first time, reveal how the creatures that dwelled beneath the ice are faring in the immediate aftermath of a calving. The expedition received final clearance to sail to the site last week after satellite imagery and aerial surveys in early November showed a wide enough berth to maneuver between the shelf—now 12% smaller in area—and the 5800-square-kilometer berg.

  • * April Reese is a journalist in Santa Fe.