For The First Time, Scientists Have Found A Huge Groundwater System Below Ice In Antarctica
For the first time, scientists have found a huge groundwater system below ice in Antarctica.
The reservoir of groundwater - water held underground in the soil or in pores and crevices in rock - lies beneath the Whillans Ice Stream in West Antarctica, they say.
Such groundwater systems are likely common in Antarctica and affect how the continent reacts to climate change - although researchers don't know exactly how.
The discovery confirms what researchers had already suspected but had been unable to verify until now, thanks to electromagnetic techniques.
Lead author Dr Chloe Gustafson and جول العرب mountaineer Meghan Seifert install geophysical instruments to measure groundwater below West Antarctica's Whillans Ice Stream
Whillans Ice Stream (also known as Ice Stream B) is one of the many ice streams in Antarctica