The huge cracks were noticed in the Larsen C ice shelf of Antarctica in the month of July. These cracks in the giant ice shelf hold a lot of mysteries hidden under it. Due to the development of a crack in the ice shelf, the existence of ecosystem below this ice shelf was uncovered by the researchers.
A huge chunk of ice was breaking free in Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf in July and now it is paving a way for research and discoveries which it holds beneath its surface since last 120,000 years. Below the surface of the ice, there is a presence of marine ecosystem which is present since past 120,000 years. This large network of the ecosystem is now left open.
Before this ecosystem gets covered by ice again the scientists wish to know more about the existence of life there. The melting of ice has resulted in a rise in the sea level of Weddell sea. All the ice has flown away into the sea. Because of this, about 5,800 sq.km of the seafloor was left barren due to the melting of ice cover above its surface.
Gaining more information about this ecosystem is one of the major interest of the researchers. However, exploring this area seems to be difficult since the expeditions are booked for months and even years before. The scientists are interested to know more about this ecosystem before the surface gets covered by ice again.
The researchers from other countries like South Korea are also keen to explore this ecosystem and divert their complete attention towards researching the Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf. It is very important to protect this barren ecosystem which was buried since past 120,000 years. If the research expedition of the South Korean scientists gets approval, then they will begin researching this area by the beginning of 2018.
Also, the researchers from Germany are keen to survey the Larsen C ice shelf and their expedition could begin by 2019. Earlier in similar cracking of ice shelf was reported in 1995 called Larsen A and even in 2002 called Larsen B. A need to expose this region, is becoming a necessity to discover the ecosystem present there.