A warm microclimate in a 20-kilometre zone in East Antarctica has led to the formation of extensive lakes of meltwater sandwiched between two layers of ice. The ice sheet is showing behaviour that was thought only to occur in glaciers in places such as Greenland, which are not nearly as cold as East Antarctica.
Dec 12, 2016
Science & Health
Hot spots have been found in the East Antarctic ice sheet where holes – or moulins – are appearing in the ice sheet, allowing water to flow out into the sea. The ice sheet was not thought to be vulnerable to melting as it is one of the coldest places on Earth, but strong winds are removing snow and exposing ice below to melting.
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