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    Scientists Are About to Explore a Hidden World Trapped Under Ice For 120,000 Years (ARTICLE LINK)

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    There's an isolated, unknown realm that's been cut off from light for so long there's no telling what could survive in its freezing, dark waters but it looks like we won't have to wait too long to find out.

    A team of scientists led by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is setting off this week to explore a mysterious marine ecosystem under the Antarctic ice shelf freshly exposed to light and air for the first time in up to 120,000 years, after a massive iceberg the size of Delaware broke free last July.

    That epic mass called A-68, and estimated to weigh in the ballpark of 1 trillion tonnes began plotting its exit strategy from Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf decades ago, when a small crack emerged back in the 1960s.
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    Hope the voyage is a long one.
    May there be many a summer morning when,
    with what pleasure, what joy,
    you come into harbors seen for the first time...

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    Default Re: Scientists Are About to Explore a Hidden World Trapped Under Ice For 120,000 Year

    Thank goodness for global warming, eh? Just think of all the new and exciting opportunities like this that will come along as the planet continues to heat up.

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    Default Re: Scientists Are About to Explore a Hidden World Trapped Under Ice For 120,000 Year

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianY View Post
    Thank goodness for global warming, eh? Just think of all the new and exciting opportunities like this that will come along as the planet continues to heat up.
    It's going to be GREAT.... but with a few downsides !
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    Default Re: Scientists Are About to Explore a Hidden World Trapped Under Ice For 120,000 Year

    Australian journalist Tim Bowden chipped off some ice from an ancient glacier and brought it home in a thermos flask, later sharing it with his father in glasses of good scotch. Tim wrote "The Way My Father Tells It" after persuading his Dad to record his memories of his life and the family history, back in the mid eighties. Tim later presented the work as a series of programs on ABC TV. The book is still widely available and is a delight to read. JayInOz

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