Ice Shelf Split to Reveal Details of Hidden Ecosystem

Following the split in the Larsen C ice shelf back in July, scientists expected to decode different ecological mysteries hidden beneath the area for more than 120,000 years. According to reports, the researchers are expected arrive at the area in the coming months.

As the split started, researchers waited patiently as the iceberg slowly moved away from ice shelf. When the 5,800 square kilometer of sea floor was finally exposed, it revealed the ancient ecosystem in the sea floor. As the ecosystem is protected by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources as a special area for scientific study for two years, scientists are expecting to take swift action to study the area.

If you are wondering, the rush to study the area is understandable considering when the icebergs were separated from Larsen A and B from 1995 and 2002 respectively, scientists were unable to study the area promptly and the future studies didn’t show most of the features as they were changed after a short period of time.

Although ecosystem of the area will change shortly following the sudden loss of ice, scientists are expecting that they will be able to move there as soon as early next year to solve the mysteries the area might hold. If they are successful, then we will see a part of Earth that has been hidden away from us for thousands of years.

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