Scientists have found that on the surface of the glaciers of Antarctica began to emerge thousands of blue lakes with melt water, which was not the case earlier. So researchers from Durham University came in an article published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
The researchers analyzed hundreds of satellite images and data of meteorological observations of Langhovde glacier in East Antarctica and found that from 2000 to 2013 in Antarctica appeared about 8 thousand new lakes. Scientists suspect that the water of some of these lakes can seep under the surface that threatens the stability of the glacier.
Previously it was thought that the ice of East Antarctica is not affected by global warming, so more attention was paid to changes occurring on the Antarctic Peninsula. It is known that the occurrence of such lakes was the cause of melting glaciers in Greenland, where over the period from 2011 to 2014 melted 1 trillion tons of ice.