Scientists have found that water is gushing across Antarctica — more than they ever realized.
And this is kind of worrying, they say.
Seen from an aircraft, a 400-foot-wide waterfall drains off the Nansen Ice Shelf into the ocean:
The researchers have found significant drainage of meltwater flowing across the continent’s ice sheets during summer in Antarctica. Until now, these streams of water were mainly associated only with Antarctica’s far north regions.
The discovery of widespread streams across the continent is ominous news, indicating Antarctica’s ice may be much more vulnerable to melting than scientists predicted. Free-flowing water, which absorbs solar energy more than ice, puts nearby ice at greater risk of melting. – CBSNews and Nature Sience