Subglacial Microbial Communities (Image 2)
July 27, 2010
Blood Falls at the snout of the Taylor Glacier, overlooking Lake Bonney, Antarctica. After sampling and analyzing the outflow from below the Taylor Glacier, an outlet glacier of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet in the otherwise ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, researchers believe that, lacking enough light to make food through photosynthesis, the microbes that live there have adapted over the past 1.5 million years to manipulate sulfur and iron compounds to survive.
Topics: Environment, Blood Falls, Lake Bonney, Glaciers of Antarctica, Simmons Basin, Taylor Glacier, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Glacier, Antarctica