Life manages to reach even the most inaccessible places on Earth, on the slopes of a volcano, in the middle of a desert or in the remote and inhospitable regions of the South Pole. Even where man could never live, there are organisms capable of to thrive in spite of the really uncomfortable conditions for any living being. A group of scientists has managed to discover the underwater ecosystem that winds beneath the impenetrable expanses of ice that make up the Antarctic regions. And the result is exceptional!
Have you ever wondered what kind of submarine life could develop under the impenetrable glaciers of the South Pole? A group of researchers from the Australian Antarctic Division tried to answer this question, managing to film the seabed ecosystem protected 365 days a year from thick sheets of ice, even several hundred meters!
After opening a hole in the ice about 2 meters thick, the scientists dropped a submarine robot specially designed to withstand these conditions into the icy water at about -30 ° C.
The aquatic drone managed to film what was on the sea floor and the result was amazing! In fact, a surreal "garden" was discovered, submerged in surprising colors and inhabited by various species such as starfish, coelenterates of various kinds, seaweeds and sea flowers.
These small submerged gardens are preserved and live in balance and harmony thanks to the layer of ice that separates them from the elements and storms. The only thing that can threaten these ecosystems and that each time cause real disasters, are the movements of the icebergs that with their submerged part devastate everything in their path.
At the end of the article you can find the video containing the images filmed by the drone of the Australian Antarctic Division. We just have to wish you "good dive"!