Tarry for the Nonce

July 18, 2005

A Brave New World

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 3:59 pm

The headline Ice Shelf Collapse Reveals New Undersea World sounds a lot spiffier than it is:

Despite near freezing and sunless conditions, a community of clams and a thin layer of bacterial mats are flourishing in undersea sediments . . .

Since light could not penetrate the ice or water, these organisms do not use photosynthesis to make energy. Instead, these extreme creatures get their energy from methane, Domack said today.

Send in the cows.


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