Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

50 lakes found hidden under Greenland's ice


Posted on Thursday, 27 June, 2019 | Comment icon 4 comments

There are dozens of lakes hidden beneath Greenland's ice sheet. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Christine Zenino
Scientists have identified more than 50 bodies of water hidden deep beneath Greenland's ice sheet.
The discovery was made by manually analyzing large amounts of ice-penetrating radar data recorded by NASA's IceBridge program which involved flying a plane equipped with special instrumentation back and forth over the region to map the ice sheet's internal layers.

Previously only 4 subglacial lakes had ever been found in Greenland.

On the opposite side of the planet, Antarctica is known to have at least 470 lakes hidden beneath the ice however these are generally much larger with the largest - Lake Vostok - being 250km long.
"In contrast to Antarctic subglacial lakes, which are typically clustered around (interior) ice divides, these new Greenlandic lakes are mostly found towards the margin of the ice sheet, under relatively slow-moving ice and are mostly stable," said Jade Bowling from Lancaster University.

"They are also much smaller than those in Antarctica (1.4km average length compared to 11km)."

The discovery will help scientists to learn more about the water network beneath the ice and how it enables the ice to move. It will also help them better predict future sea-level rises.

Source: BBC News | Comments (4)


Tags: Greenland, Lakes


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by sci-nerd on 26 June, 2019, 21:26
There's no ice on the planet in 10 years. And I'm being optimistic about the 10 years.
Comment icon #2 Posted by TripGun on 27 June, 2019, 16:02
Cycles Cycles Cycles
Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 on 27 June, 2019, 16:56
I don't think it'll be that quick, but I do seriously think we might be past the point of no return. But hey, who cares right? We'll all be dead! Gotta make that fossil fuel money and deny science! 
Comment icon #4 Posted by sci-nerd on 27 June, 2019, 17:09
Perhaps you're right, but if you observe ice melting, it's always slow at first, and then it suddenly accelerates. That acceleration has started, and it's also releasing ancient methane, that will further accelerate the melting. Seen in that perspective, I think 10 years is optimistic.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6737073
280639
185484

 
Four mystery objects spotted far out in space
7-13-2020
Astronomers have discovered a number of peculiar ring-shaped 'islands' unlike anything ever seen before.
Speeding truck driver was 'attacked by snake'
7-13-2020
A man who was stopped for speeding in Australia had a rather unique excuse for why he was going so fast.
Video footage of peculiar 'lizard' goes viral
7-12-2020
A short clip of a very strange looking lizard-like creature has left social media users scratching their heads.
'Alien-like' life form discovered on sea floor
7-12-2020
Scientists have photographed a very peculiar life form in a region referred to as the 'Forest of the Weird'.
Stories & Experiences
 
 
Grim reaper-like visitation
6-16-2020 | Canada
 
My monster catfish story
6-15-2020 | Dallas texas
 
Orb of light in room
5-9-2020 | USA/Texas/Waco
 
Not sleeping alone
5-9-2020 | Los Angeles
 
Glowing red eyes
5-9-2020 | Fields, Louisiana
 
Two creature sightings
5-1-2020 | Augusta and Louisana
 
 
My haunted home
5-1-2020 | Rainham, Essex, UK
 

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
NASA studies underwater 'white smoker' vents
Posted 4-17-2020 | 3 comments
Hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor can teach us about possible habitats on other worlds.
 
10 strange things about our solar system
Posted 3-17-2020 | 0 comments
A look at some of the most mysterious things about our solar system.
 
Lizzie - Scotland's other loch monster
Posted 3-8-2020 | 0 comments
Amelia Dimoldenberg investigates the Loch Ness Monster's neighbor.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2020
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ