Blood Falls Antarctica explained: What causes them (VIDEO).

Antarctica’s Eerie, Bright Red “Blood Falls” Explained by New Research (Video)

Antarctica’s Eerie, Bright Red “Blood Falls” Explained by New Research (Video)

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May 2 2015 8:59 AM

The Blood Falls

What Antarctica’s eerie formation tells us about what’s under the ice.

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Courtesy of the National Science Foundation

Researchers used a huge electromagnetic sensor to map the Taylor Valley, near the so-called “blood falls,” where they found large bodies of liquid in the ground roughly 600 feet below the surface. Micro-organisms that have adapted to life in a dark, cold brine environment, which may help break down iron in the bedrock beneath the ice.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.