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8,000 blue lakes appeared in Antarctica’s ice sheets.

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July 2016 was the hottest month in recorded history. So naturally, scientists confirmed the emergence of thousands of lakes appearing across East Antarctica’s ice sheets. This-is-fine.gif, right? RIGHT???

Some of these formations, known as supraglacial – or meltwater – lakes, appear to be draining into the floating ice below, which could have serious consequences for the stability of the entire ice shelf.

Ice shelves are thick, floating slabs of ice that form where a glacier or masses of ice flow down a coastline, whereas an ice sheet is a massive chunk of glacier ice covering an area of land greater than 50,000 square kilometres (20,000 square miles).

What’s strange about this news is the fact that researchers had assumed that East Antarctica was fairly impervious to rising climate and ocean temperatures, and have instead been focussing their efforts on investigating the Antarctic Peninsula.

The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica, and has shown signs of rapid atmospheric and ocean warming in recent years.

The disintegration of the East Antarctic ice sheet, on the other hand, has been more subtle, and now researchers are concerned that our lack of knowledge on how supraglacial lakes are affecting it will impact our ability to predict the consequences.

The gradual destruction wrought by climate change will make time a distant memory, just like the dim history of flourshing human civilization. In other words, this will all blow over in time.

[Science Alert]

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