The beautiful, yet menacing, blue lakes of Antarctica

Wednesday, 24 August, 2016

Meltwater pond, Antarctica. Photo by DigitalGlobe, Inc

Thousands of quite picturesque blue lakes have been appearing on the Langhovde Glacier, in East Antarctica, since the turn of the century. In short, they are meltwater ponds that form as warm air comes into contact with the glacier’s surface. While they may be easy on the eye, they evidence the presence of global warming.

Such ponds have been observed in Greenland for sometime, where ice sheets are now melting at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, it looks like that process is going to start increasing in parts of Antarctica.

Photo by DigitalGlobe, Inc.

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