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The caves located underneath Antarctic ice could be inhabited by yet-unknown species of plants and animals, experts say.
Scientists collected soil samples from subglacial caves in Mount Erebus as well as from three volcanoes in the Victoria Land region of Antarctica, according to Newsweek. They found moss, algae, arthropods and nematodes at the sites, but also found unknown DNA at the Mount Erebus site.
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There are many subglacial caves and volcanoes underneath Antarctic ice, and geothermal heat from the volcano brings their temperatures up to as high as 25 degrees Celsius (77F) in some of the caves, Newsweek reported.
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