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Photos for embargoed press release on Current Biology Paper (11 Juli 2013)

Here you'll find photos from the AWI study site in the Western and Eastern Weddell Sea. They are free to use in connection with reports about the Current Biology paper.

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Glass sponges provide habitat and 3-D structure for other Antarctic benthic organisms like feather and brittle stars. Photo from the study site in the Western Weddell Sea. Photo: Thomas Lundalv.

Glass sponges provide habitat and 3-D structure for other Antarctic benthic organisms like feather stars. Photo from the study site in the Western Weddell Sea. Photo: Thomas Lundalv, Alfred-Wegener-Institut

Glass sponges provide habitat and 3-D structure for other Antarctic benthic organisms like feather stars and brittle stars. Photo from the study site in the Western Weddell Sea. Photo: Thomas Lundalv, Alfred-Wegener-Institut

ROV-Aufnahmen von den Benthos-Untersuchungen der Claudio-Richtergruppe auf ANT-XXVII/3 im Weddellmeer im Jahr 2011.

Glass sponges concentrated around a dropstone (at our study site). Photo: Thomas Lundälv, Alfred-Wegener-Institut

Glass sponges concentrated around a dropstone (at our study site). Photo: Thomas Lundälv, Alfred-Wegener-Institut

A fish (Trematomus sp.) is hiding in a glass sponge. Photo taken at the study site in the Western Weddell Sea. Photo: Thomas Lundalv, Alfred-Wegener-Institut

Photo of a typical glass sponge community in the Eastern Weddell sea, in an area not covered by ice shelves. Its biodiversity is still much higher in comparison to the study site in the Western Weddell Sea, which is covered by sea ice most time of the year. Photo: Thomas Lundalv, Alfred-Wegener-Institut

Glass sponges like Rossella cf. villosa provide habitat and 3-D structure for other Antarctic benthic organisms, for instance for feather stars (on top of the sponge) and brittle stars (attached to the sponge). They also feed on plankton. Photo from the study site in the Western Weddell Sea. Photo: Thomas Lundalv.

Map of the Western Weddell Sea with lines which show the retreat of the Larsen A and Larsen B ice shelves. Map: Alfred-Wegener-Institut


 
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