Monday, March 15, 2010

Shrimp in the Arctic

A Yahoo!Science article, by Seth Borenstein as seen in the Associated Press on March 15, 2010, explains how scientists found a shrimp-like creature and a jellyfish "frolicking" beneath the arctic surface. This came to to a surprise to scientists who were "operating under the presumption that nothing's there," said NASA scientist Robert Bindschadler. This discovery has inspired scientists to seek questions as to whether life at this sub-temperature is possible on other hostile places, such as Europa a frozen moon on Jupiter. Cyan Ellis-Evans, a Microbiolist at the British Antarctic Survey was intrigued by these findings. "this is the first for the sub-glacial environment with that level of sophistication," he said. This article is very interesting because it does put a new perspective as to where life can be found on Earth. It is worth nothing that they have yet to figure out the food source of these creatures. It begs the question as to where else can life survive in extreme conditions?

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