Gallery: NASA Team Discovers Massive Algal Bloom Under Arctic Ice


A NASA team, led by a leading biologist from Stanford University, have found an phytoplankton bloom beneath ice in the Arctic. The team believes the algae is a result of major changes in Arctic ecosystems as the planet warms. The discovery was made by the 2011 NASA-sponsored ICESCAPE expedition under the Chukchi Sea, and it has caused scientists to completely rethink how Arctic ecosystems work and what the future holds for the region.

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  1. Zaihan Kariyani August 30, 2014 at 10:41 am

    “…melting ice had allowed ice to penetrate large swaths of Arctic sea…”

    This is like two years old, but I think you meant “allowed light to penetrate” instead?

  2. Timon Singh June 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks for pointing that out! It’s all fixed now.

    I’m going to put that down to too much coffee!


  3. lizcamfield June 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

    allowing the algae to multiple. What is means is that thick “multi-year” ice

    Oops! “multiply”, “What it means is”

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