Gemstone-like lakes discovered beneath Antarctica – .

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Gemstone-like lakes discovered beneath Antarctica – .


Scientists have discovered two new lakes buried deep beneath the Antarctic Ice cap.

These hidden gems of freezing water are part of a vast network of ever-changing lakes hidden under 1.2-2.5 miles (2-4 kilometers) of ice on the southernmost continent. These lakes fill and empty again and again in largely mysterious cycles that can influence the speed at which the ice sheet moves and how and where the meltwater reaches the Southern Ocean. This flow, in turn, can alter currents in the Southern Ocean and potentially affect ocean circulation around the world.

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