STATES CHRONICLE – Scientists reveal the colorful world which lies beneath the ice of Antarctica. The ice shelves hide amazing marine creatures which desperately need protection and help due to global warming. The researchers at the Australian Antarctic Division had recently sunk beneath the ice layers of East Antarctica to offer everybody the opportunity to discover the underwater world which lies beneath the layers of ice.
Last week, Glenn Johnstone, a biologist, together with his team had published a video which unveils rare images of the colorful world which encapsulate unusual plants and animals that populate this area. The video shared by the scientists at the Australian Antarctic Division is narrated by Dr. Johnstone.
He also stated that they were diving beneath the ice shelves in O’Brien Bay situated at the south of Casey research station in East Antarctica. The amazing marine world underneath the ice displays spectacular starfish, algae, worms, sea spiders, sponges and sea cucumbers. They dove at approximately thirty meters below the surface of ice layers. The temperature of the water was pretty chilly, registering around -1.5 Celsius degrees almost the whole year.
The layer of ice represents some shield for all the creatures living in the waters of Antarctica. These ice shelves provide safety and help at the conservation of many species. The severe weather conditions in Antarctica would otherwise impair the development of ecosystems. What is more, it would crucially affect and even destroy the marine environment, destabilizing the flourishing process of the biodiversity that lies underneath.
The biodiversity revealed in the video represents the primary focus of the researchers at the Australian Antarctic Division who are prone to guard these species, fueling the growth of their population. Their main purpose is the preservation of all marine species in the Antarctic especially now when they are threatened by climate change which brought the warm temperature in the area. Ocean acidification is another important factor which may also jeopardize the safety of the colorful world leaving below the surface.
All scientists at the Australian Antarctic Division are working together to make sure they are making their best efforts to assure this continent’s safety by showing people how valuable this land is. Their aim is to let others develop a better understanding of this protected area.
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