We know so little about the deep sea, and even less about what it's like beneath the ice of the Earth's polar regions. How does life flourish in one of the most inhospitable environments on the planet?
It's easy to imagine that no life could flourish in the cold, dark conditions beneath the ice of the Arctic and Antarctic. Marine biologists still only partly understand how the food web under the ice works: given how difficult it is to access the underside of the pack ice, opportunities for observation are few and far between. It’s only been in the last few years that scientists have slowly begun to unlock the secrets of this fascinating environment, thanks to the arrival of underwater robots and nets specially designed for use under the ice.
Prof. Antje Boetius, one of the foremost experts in polar and marine science in the world, joins us in The Garden to shine a light on one of the most undiscovered regions on the planet and answer your questions.