A chemotrophic ecosystem found beneath Antarctic Ice Shelf

  title={A chemotrophic ecosystem found beneath Antarctic Ice Shelf},
  author={E. Domack and S. Ishman and A. Leventer and S. Sylva and V. Willmott and B. Huber},
  journal={Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union},
  • E. Domack, S. Ishman, +3 authors B. Huber
  • Published 2005
  • Geology
  • Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
  • A new habitat for chemotrophic ecosystems has been found beneath the former extent of the Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica. This is the first report of such ecosystems in the Antarctic. (Chemotrophic ecosystems derive their primary metabolic energy from chemical reactions other than those of photosynthetic origin.) An association of microbial mats and cold seep clam communities, is described, that thrived within an 850-m-deep glacial trough some 100 km, or more, from the ice shelf front… CONTINUE READING

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