Edition 2 - Antarctica - marine ecosystem paradise

The Mertz Glacier region is one of the 'biological hotspots' of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystem. The ice-free waters allow light to reach the ocean surface and stimulate primary production. The high biological productivity attracts whales, penguins and seals to feed on plankton in one of the few areas not covered by ice during the Antarctic winter. The region is also home to some unique marine communities such as deep water hydrocorals. Read more in AusGeo News.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013