Seal Scientist! Measuring under the ice shelf!

Annotated Image of Thwaites Ice Shelf

Scientists are interested in learning about how the ocean affects the ice shelves around Antarctica! The Southern Ocean, that circles around all of Antarctica, has different layers of water at different ocean depths that have different temperatures, salinity and more! Unfortunately, Antarctica is a very difficult environment to work in! The frigid temperatures, icebergs, and extreme weather make it very hard for scientists to collect data.

How can scientist collect ocean data from deep beneath a thick ice shelf? They can use the help of a team of ‘seal scientists’! The local Antarctic seals are adapted to the very cold climate and are able to reach underwater regions that scientists cannot.





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