Before St. Patricks Day, NASA has released pictures of an area in Antarctica known as Granite Harbor a cove close to the Ross Ocean. (See primary image above.)
The next images are zoomed-in regions of the Granite Harbor region.
Earth Observatory reports that marine glaciologist Jan Lieser, from the Australia Antarctic Climate and Environments Cooperative Research Center, believes the eco-friendly hue within the ice is because of a blossom of phytoplankton around the water, that has discolored the ice.
Based on the National Ocean Service, phytoplankton are microscopic marine plants, area of the oceanic food chain that gives nourishment for a lot of marine creatures, like whales, shrimp, snails and jellyfish. (See image below.)
This isnt the very first time that scientists have found phytoplankton within an icy region around the globe. This Year, in the opposite finish of Earth in Arctic waters, NASA researchers were stunned once they found an enormous phytoplankton blossom growing underneath the ocean ice, as proven within the following video:
Microalgae is full of the Antarctic, but Earth Observatory signifies the next factors are essential for plankton to outlive in considerable amounts that will allow it to be visible from space: ocean ice, winds, sunlight, nutrient availability and predators.
Do these types recently-season blooms supply the seeding conditions for the following springs blossom? Lieser requested Earth Observatory. When the algae get integrated into the ocean ice and turn into pretty much dormant throughout the winter, where will they finish up following the winter?
To determine the solution to the mystery from the rise of Antarcticas eco-friendly ice, scientists plan to go back to the region the following month.