New species found in Antarctica

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Culture & Science - Ecology and Environment
Monday, 13 February 2012 10:15

New species found in Antarctica. The wealth of our planet is so incredible that continues to dazzle. Now the big surprise has been the Southern Ocean.

The discovery of new species has been around recently discovered thermal ducts in Antarctica, more than 2,400 meters deep.

The exploration that got these incredible results was conducted by researchers from the universities of Oxford and Southampton, aboard the RRS James Cook, the United Kingdom.

For these natural chimneys circulating water reaches 400 ° C, heated by volcanic activity beneath the Antarctic Ocean . It was in the vicinity where they found several new species of animals.

These beings, in the absence of sunlight-eating bacteria that feed on substances dissolved in hot water. Among them were new species yeti crab, starfish 7-arm, barnacles and octopus. Some of these animals are only found in this area of the planet.

What is most strange to browsers is not the discovery of these new species, but the fact that the fauna usual hot spring vents of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans was not present in those found in the Antarctic. This implies that these ecosystems are isolated from other similar find in the rest of the world.