The ice and land masses of the Antarctic continent

An area of up to 5 million square kilometers may hide life under Antarctica

The ice and land masses of the Antarctic continentDespite Antarctica’s unfavorable climate, scientists have discovered that beneath its icy surface, there may be a “tremendous life force” that extends over millions of square kilometers.

Researchers have found that there could be something up to 5 million square kilometers under the icy surface of Antarctica .

Previously, scientists believed that algae in Antarctica appear only in summer, since the thick layer of dense ice on the continent prevents the penetration of sunlight.

However, a new study by a team from Brown University in the US and the University of New Zealand in Auckland has shown that part of it may be permanently below the surface of the continent, reports Newsweek.

According to study leader Christopher Horvath, “The discovery of plants helps to challenge the paradigm that regions under sea ice are devoid of life and raises important new questions about the food webs that may be under the ice in Antarctica. We think they could cover up to 5 million square kilometers of subglacial area in the Southern Ocean.”

Similar conclusions were drawn by a team of researchers using data collected from NASA’s Earth observation satellites, as well as from floats placed in the ocean.

The sea ice of the Southern Ocean consists of layers of dense ice with small patches of water between them. Scientists believe that these patches of water allow light to pass through even during the winter months, allowing algae to photosynthesize year-round.

The ice itself is also thin enough to allow some light to pass through – it is typically between 1 and 3 meters thick, explained marine biogeographer Hugh Griffiths of the British Antarctic Survey. However, life has been found even on the seafloor, where there is no light at all.

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Jake Carter

Jake Carter is a journalist and a paranormal investigator who has been fascinated by the unexplained since he was a child.

He is not afraid to challenge the official narratives and expose the cover-ups and lies that keep us in the dark. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of, where he has been a regular contributor since 2013.

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