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A giant Sea Spider walks along the bottom of McMurdo Sound. Secrets of the Gigantic Sea Spiders
Science / The Biological World
Monday November 16, 2015

The average sea spider in McMurdo Sound is neither itsy nor bitsy. Although they live in oceans all over the world, to find the really enormous ones, scientists have to trek to Antarctica. ItÂ’s a phenomenon called polar gigantism, and scientists are studying these marine giants as part of a U.S. Antarctic Program-supported team led by Amy Moran at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Instruments are deployed down the borehole at the Ross Ice Shelf grounding zone. In the Zone
Science / The Biological World
Wednesday January 21, 2015

Two years ago, a team of scientists, engineers and technicians broke into a subglacial lake nearly a kilometer underneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Now the group has for the first time drilled through an ice shelf near where the ice is attached to the seafloor, a critical area of ice-ocean dynamics known as the grounding zone.

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