The team will carry out field studies of the 'cryoconite
holes' which the microbes sculpt into the ice as their habitat--and how these in turn influence glacial physics and ecology.
High mountain regions of the Asian continent contain a combination of algae and windblown minerals called cryoconite
within ablation zones near the lower terminations of glaciers.
Despite Captain Scott's belief that there was nothing living in the valley, a number of microbial organisms inhabit the soils, lakes, streams and cryoconite
holes on the glaciers, the largest of which are nematodes, rotifers and tardigrades.
Evolution of cryoconite
holes and their contribution to meltwater runoff from glaciers in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica.
This 'compost' is a material called cryoconite
or 'cold dust'.
Director Orlowski adds other practical and understated material, probing the cryoconite
holes that melt giant ice sheets, rappelling into spectacular moulins and panning vast landscapes with Balog's crew in view to convey the daunting scale.
The microbial communities and primary productivity of cryoconite
holes in an Arctic glacier (Svalbard 79 [degrees]N).
ecosystems: A bipolar comparison of algal communities and habitats.