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The winds of knowledge

The howling winds that constantly batter France’s Kerguelen Islands aren’t making the job of these two scientists any easier. To pack up the samples they have just collected from the ancient glacial lake behind them, they have no choice but to shelter behind their rucksacks. Once back in the lab, the samples will be analysed in order to determine the chemical and microbiological composition of the lake water. This work forms part of a long-term research programme that seeks to understand how the iron released by the melting of the Cook ice cap helps to maintain a high level of marine biodiversity around this sub-Antarctic archipelago.

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