Due to global warming, ice is melting rapidly in Antarctica. With the help of NASA’s satellite, researchers have discovered that 130 lakes have been formed under the ice sheet.
Ice melting rapidly due to global warming (symbolic picture)
Amidst the continuous increase in global temperature, scientists have discovered many lakes under the retreating ice sheets of Antarctica. The special thing is that researchers have used NASA satellites to search for extremely cold lakes found under the ice sheets of Antarctica.
According to a study published in Geophysical Research Letters, there are more than 130 active lakes in Antarctica’s water system and the future of these lakes in the coming times may depend on global temperature. The lead researcher of the new discovery, Assistant Professor of Geophysics Matthew Siegfried, said in a statement that the discovery of this system of interconnected lakes at the ice-bed interface is a major success of the ICESat mission.
The whole earth is connected with the system of lakes
Siegfried says that this is not just the discovery of a new water system, but it is a water system to which the whole earth is connected because the fresh water accumulated from the retreat of the ice sheets determines the rise in sea level. According to many reports on this subject, due to the melting of polar ice, many lakes have formed under it, due to which the path of the waterways ends in the sea.
NASA says that the ice sheet of Antarctica is a dome-shaped layer of ice that covers a large amount of the continent. It ‘flows slowly outward like a thick honey’ from the central region of the continent, but as the ice approaches the coast, its speed changes drastically. This river ice turns into currents that carry the ice rapidly towards the sea at speeds of up to several meters every day.
fast melting ice
The already fragile Antarctic glacier is starting to appear more vulnerable. This is because in the pictures taken from the satellite, that layer of ice is seen breaking faster than before, which prevents this glacier (Antarctica Glacier) from melting and meeting in the sea. A study last month said that this layer is giving birth to huge icebergs breaking up. The break-up of the ice layer of the ‘Pine Island’ glacier intensified in 2017.
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