Australian scientists worked on an important research project under the thick ice of East Antarctica’s O’Brien Bay in late 2016. They’d sent a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) down a hole in the ice to retrieve data logging equipment. The ROV had a camera mounted. What it showed the scientists was both completely unexpected and vividly beautiful.

Image: Micky Loederman via Australian Antarctic Division
Image: Micky Loederman via Australian Antarctic Division

The scientists were working for the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), which is part of the national Department of the Environment. The Kingston, Tasmania, division operates three permanent bases in the Antarctic – Casey, Davis and Mawson. The researchers at O’Brien Bay worked out of the Casey Station.

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