January 27, 2012 1:43 PM | By Jason Buckland, MSN Tech & Gadgets
Incredible photos from Antarctica’s ‘Lost World’

New species found in the most unexpected place



Found beneath the Southern Ocean, where hydrothermal vents reach scalding temperatures close to 400 C, are incredible new species discoveries and breath-taking photos (© Oxford University/NERC ChEsSo Consortium photo)
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  • Found beneath the Southern Ocean, where hydrothermal vents reach scalding temperatures close to 400 C, are incredible new species discoveries and breath-taking photos (© Oxford University/NERC ChEsSo Consortium photo)
  • Actinostolid sea anemones - Incredible photos from Antarctica’s ‘Lost World’ (© Oxford University/NERC ChEsSo Consortium photo)
  • Antarctic black smokers - Incredible photos from Antarctica’s ‘Lost World’ (© Oxford University/NERC ChEsSo Consortium photo)
  • Antarctic vent octopus - Incredible photos from Antarctica’s ‘Lost World’ (© Oxford University/NERC ChEsSo Consortium photo)
  • Large sea anemone - Incredible photos from Antarctica’s ‘Lost World’ (© Oxford University/NERC ChEsSo Consortium photo)
  • Peltospiroid gastropods - Incredible photos from Antarctica’s ‘Lost World’ (© Oxford University/NERC ChEsSo Consortium photo)
  • Stalked crinoid devils - Incredible photos from Antarctica’s ‘Lost World’ (© Oxford University/NERC ChEsSo Consortium photo)
  • Vent predator sea stars - Incredible photos from Antarctica’s ‘Lost World’ (© Oxford University/NERC ChEsSo Consortium photo)
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The capacity of sea exploration, at least in human terms, is certainly limited; the lower we go, the more dangerous it becomes. Of course, things change dramatically when equipment is involved, and when British scientists recently took a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) for a spin deep in the waters near Antarctica, the discoveries were remarkable.

Found beneath the Southern Ocean, where hydrothermal vents reach scalding temperatures close to 400 C, were incredible new species and breath-taking photos to boot. From the team, led by researchers at England's Oxford University, here are some of the most amazing images snapped in what's being called Antarctica's "Lost World."

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