In a new study examining photographs of Antarctica going back to 1947, scientists found a disturbing number of meltwater streams and lakes. For many years research has shown that parts of Antarctica’s Western Peninsula were melting every summer, but most believed the core of the continent to be still locked in ice. New research shows that this is not the case. It also seems to point out that climate change is happening more rapidly than predicted.
New and Old Photos Helped Discover Antarctica’s Meltwater Streams
“I think most polar scientists have considered water moving across the surface of Antarctica to be extremely rare. But we found a lot of it, over very large areas.” This is according to Jonathan Kingslake.