Biological and Oceanographic Observations under an Antarctic Ice Shelf

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Science  31 Aug 1962:
Vol. 137, Issue 3531, pp. 679-681
DOI: 10.1126/science.137.3531.679


Animal life has been shown to exist under the Ross Ice Shelf, from samples obtained with bottom-sampling equipment through naturally occurring cracks in the permanent shelf ice. An abundant fauna, comprising at least nine phyla, was found on a mud and rock bottom. This fauna differs somewhat from that found under nearby seas periodically covered with sea ice 2 to 3 meters thick.