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Shrimp-Like Creature Discovered at Windless Bight, Antarctica - 600 Feet Beneath Ice Sheet

At a depth of 600 feet beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet, a small shrimp-like creature managed to brighten up an otherwise gray polar day in late November 2009. This critter is a three-inch long Lyssianasid amphipod found beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, about 12.5 miles away from open water in the region called Windless Bight. NASA scientists were using a borehole camera to look back up towards the ice surface when they spotted this pinkish-orange creature swimming beneath the ice.

Visualization Credits

Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Bob Bindschadler (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Alberto Behar (NASA/JPL CalTech): Scientist
Sarah DeWitt (NASA/GSFC): Writer
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Landsat-7/ETM+/Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica also referred to as: LIMA
Mosaic - NASA/GSFC, British Antarctic Survey, USGS EROS Data Center - 12/25/1999 and 12/31/2001
Mosaicing to avoid clouds produced a high quality, nearly cloud-free benchmark data set of Antarctica for the International Polar Year from images collected primarily during 1999-2003.
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