In 2014, the top ten new species included a tiny wasp named for a Peter Pan character, a carnivorous mammal that lives in the cloud forest, a sea anemone that lives beneath the Antarctic ice, an orange-colored fungus, a 40-foot-tall tree that grows on limestone, and the eyeless domed land snail pictured here, which is found deep below the surface of the earth in Croatian caves and which travels only a few centimeters a week.
Huge Crater Left By Vanished Lake, Largest Flood Ever Beneath Antarctica Ice Mapped By Cryosat ESA’s CryoSat satellite has found a vast crater in Antarctica’s icy surface. Scientists believe the crater was left behind when a lake lying under about 3 km of ice suddenly drained. Site of Crater: Location of the crater in Victoria Land, East Antarctica at about 73ºS and 156ºE. The colour scale shows height derived from CryoSat data. The crater is located within the white box.
Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lónið): The Blue Lagoon is Iceland's most famous natural hot spring. An incredible phenomenom holding 6,000 litres of mineral-rich geothermal seawater that goes down about 2,000 meters beneath the earth's surface and naturally heats the water between 37-39 degrees celsius... Talk about relaxation.
Icebreaker would send a robotic lander to the same region of Mars visited by the Phoenix mission in 2007. After landing at Mars' polar latitudes, Icebreaker would use its tools to penetrate the surface & excavate samples. The goal is to see what is hiding beneath the ice caps, & whether or not Icebreaker could unlock a treasure trove of organics, & possibly signs of past or present life on Mars. | The Icebreaker drill in the laboratory at Honeybee Robotics. Credit: Honeybee Robotics
'Grand Canyon' of Greenland Discovered Under Ice Sheet
Greenland's "Grand Canyon" Discovered Under Ice Sheet! A colossal canyon, the longest on Earth, has just been found under Greenland's ice sheet, scientists announced on Thursday, Aug. in the journal Science.
NASA’s repeat-track Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICEsat) uses laser altimeter data to measure height changes at a high resolution. ICEsat satellite observations of subglacial lakes has shown that the ice surface above subglacial lakes is constantly changing, suggesting that water is flowing between lakes[5,8].
Blood Falls: Antarctica's Stunning Secret - In the remote McMurdo Dry Valleys in Eastern Antarctica, a slow ooze of vivid crimson seeps from a fissure in the Taylor Glacier and onto the frozen surface of Lake Bonney. It’s easy to see where the five-story-high falls gets its name. The Earth itself seems to “bleed” out onto a landscape of pure white ice below in a stunning contrast. Full article and video: http://www.weather.com/news/stunning-secret-blood-falls-20130826