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A new sign of the climate crisis: tens of thousands of meltwater lakes were found in Antarctica

Climate change is causing severe problems in Antarctica, too: recently, a piece of ice weighing 315 billion tonnes broke off the area, while scientists investigating satellite images covering an area of 5 million square kilometres found tens of thousands of meltwater lakes, which indicates severe problems.

Scientists at the University of Durham and Lancaster University, both in the UK, published their report in the journal Scientific Reports: they examined high-resolution satellite images of an area of 5 million square kilometres in the eastern part of Antarctica in the summer of 2017, and they identified 65,400 meltwater lakes. Many of those are only the size of a swimming pool, but they found one lake that covered 70 square kilometres.

Although melting is not an unusual phenomenon during the summer period, even the researchers were astonished by its extent: the immense number of lakes indicates that the processes are accelerating. The East Antarctic Ice Sheet is the world’s largest ice sheet, but the region is going to face severe problems as a result of climate change, and the situation is expected to deteriorate rapidly in the future.

The researchers found some meltwater lakes the size of a swimming pool, but also one that covers 70 square kilometres Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: IFLScience

Switzerland’s glaciers have lost 10 percent of their ice mass in five years

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Typhoon Hagibis wreaks tremendous destruction

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Monsoon claims over a hundred lives in India

Monsoon rain accompanied by storms and lightning hit the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in India on 27 September. Tempestuous winds toppled trees and utility poles and tore off roofs, killing more than a hundred people.

Mont Blanc glacier in Italy threatened to collapse

On 24 September, the Fondazione Montagna Sicura (Safe Mountain Foundation) issued an avalanche warning on the Planpincieux Glacier, which is located on the eastern slope of the Grandes Jorasses peak.

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Caribbean tunes born in a storm

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