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  • n  a siliceous sponge (with glassy spicules) of the class Hyalospongiae
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  • Retreating Antarctic Ice Fuels Surprising Glass Sponge Invasion
    Antarctica's permanent ice shelves, life tends to move pretty slowly. But a recent survey of the seafloor beneath a recently thawed Antarctic ice sheet has discovered an unexpected invertebrate invasion. Thanks to changes in this ecosystem brought on by a warming climate, glass sponges have sprouted up in only a few years, a veritable population explosion for a species once thought to take ...
    July 11, 2013 - Wired News
  • Antarctic Glass Sponges Live Life in Fast Lane
    A mysterious boom in glass sponge populations is challenging the notion that life in Antarctica progresses at a snail's pace.
    July 11, 2013 - National Geographic
  • As ice cover disappears, life in frigid Antarctic moves fast
    It might be cold in the Antarctic, but that doesn't mean that life there necessarily moves slowly. A new article reveals the discovery of a surprisingly fast-growing community of glass sponges in an area formerly covered by permanent ice. With the ice at the surface disappearing, those little-known sponges are launching a seafloor takeover.
    July 11, 2013 - Science Daily

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