This week scientists are scheduled to explore a previously hidden part of Antarctica, underwater. This section of Antarctica has been covered for 120,000 years by the Larsen Ice Shelf. However, last July a 1 trillion-ton iceberg sheared off from the ice shelf and exposed this section of underwater. Scientists will collect sample of plants, animals, and seabed while they explore the 2,200 square-mile section of exposed seabed.
Katrin Linse, expedition leader from the British Antarctic Survey had this to say about the exploration:
“The calving of A-68 provides us with a unique opportunity to study marine life as it responds to a dramatic environmental change.”
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