A vast expanse of water discovered under the Antarctic ice

This discovery could help to understand the mechanism of rising waters. May 5, the prestigious journal Science published a study detailing the discovery made by a group of scientists at the Whillans Ice Stream, a region of West Antarctica located 700 kilometers from the South Pole. Under the ice, a layer of very old sediments would contain impressive quantities of water.

This layer would be saturated with a mixture of sea water and fresh water from the glacier. It would thus play a role of lubricant and would influence the sliding of the blocks of ice above the sediments.

In recent years, researchers studying Antarctica have discovered “hundreds” interconnected lakes and rivers within the ice itself, detailed CNN. But the amount of water discovered is unprecedented, explains Chloe Gus

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