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Windless Bight is more than 12 miles from open water, even in the Antarctic summer – not exactly where one would expect to find sophisticated aquatic life-forms swimming beneath a layer of ice nearly 600 feet thick. This map shows the location of the drill site overlaid on NASA's Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica.

Scientists have found life 600 feet beneath an Antarctic ice sheet, questioning assumptions about life in the universe. Read more»