Welcome to the Hyporheic Zone project

Wetted soils adjacent to the melt-water streams and wet soils surrounding lakes, defined as “hyporheic zones”, extend up to several meters on either side of the water source and are hotspots for microbial life and biogeochemical cycling. The microbial communities that form in these hyporheic zones survive the winter months in a desiccated state and are re-activated through hydration by summer melt-waters. As a result these communities can form large concentrations of responsive biomass even under extreme in situ environmental conditions.

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Mission

Find out about the mission: Wet soils surrounding lakes (hyporheic zones), are hotspots for microbial life and biogeochemical cycling.

Personnel

Meet the Hyporheic Zone Scientists

Technology

Find out about the special technology required when working in the extreme environments of Antarctica

Environment

From Scott Base, to the Dry Valleys, find out about the extreme environments of Antarctica.

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