7 Apr 2011

Antarctic copepods

From Our Changing World, 9:50 pm on 7 April 2011

A joint NZ-US research team working in the McMurdo Dry Valleys has discovered an active population of freshwater copepods under a five-metre blanket of ice that covers Lake Joyce. Breeding adults of these small crustaceans have never been seen this far south, and NIWA scientist Ian Hawes says the new colony is 2000km from the nearest known other copepods. Find out more here [PDF] or listen to an earlier interview with Ian Hawes' team at Lake Fryxell, in Antarctica's Taylor Valley.

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