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Sea stars, science-defying sponges, and even the world’s largest breeding colony of fish hide in the dark, cold waters surrounding Earth’s southernmost continent.
With climate change altering sea levels and frozen landscapes, it’s important for scientists to better understand ocean ecosystems and how to conserve them.
Dorschel et al, https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.937574
This week, researchers writing in the journal Scientific Data describe the most detailed view of the Antarctic seabed’s depths.
“Despite its remoteness and hostility, human activities are increasingly extending into this distant part of the world, examples including research, fisheries, and tourism.”
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Here are 7 stunning views from the new map of Earth’s most remote ocean
Dorschel et al, Scientific Data
1. Here’s a stunning image of the Ross Ice Shelf. It’s home to McMurdo Station, an Antarctic research hub.