Despite record low, melting arctic ice can also help sea life

By Maria Mercedes Galuppo, Buzz60

Could Global warming actually boost animal life in the Arctic waters?

Researchers from the University of Denmark are touting new findings that show warmer conditions have produced a larger number of life-sustaining "melt ponds" in Arctic waters.

The scientists higher global temperatures are actually helping provide food for marine creatures.

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Weddell seal and pup swimming underwater in Antarctica.

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A cable portrudes from the ice wall at Explorers Cover, New Harbor, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. The cable is used for the Remotely Operable Micro-Environmental Observatory (ROMEO), an underwater camera. Connected to onshore equipment and linked by radio to

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The Marbled Rockcod (Notothenia rossii) copes with the icy waters of Antarctica by means of a biological antifreeze in its body fluids, Antarctica.

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Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba), key species in the Antarctic ecosystem. Grows to 6 cm and occurs in densities ranging up to 30,000 in a cubic metre. 

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Unidentified large jellyfish in brash ice, Cierva Cove, Antarctica, Southern Ocean, Polar Regions.

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Icefish in Antarctica have no scales or haemoglobin, so their blood is white.

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Antarctic Sea star (Odontaster validus) in Antarctica.

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Antarctic Sea urchin, (Sterechinus neumayeri) with camouflage attached, Antarctica.

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Antarctic Limpet (Nacella concinna) in Antarctica.

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Barbed plunder fish in Antarctic underwater.

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Antarctica, Cuverville Island, Underwater view of Comb Jellyfish swimming beneath ice along plankton-filled shallow water.

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Orange yellow anemone surrounded by brown algae, Antarctica.

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Two yellow sea stars and white worm strands, Antarctica.

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Researchers used six melting ponds in North-Eastern Greenland, two natural and four artificial, and saw that mats of algae and bacteria can evolve in the melt ponds, which can provide food for marine creatures.

These nutrients should easily reach Arctic creatures, which would increase productivity in plant and animal life in the sea.

NASA reports about 770,000 square miles of Arctic sea ice are estimated to have been lost since 1979.

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