Antarctic Watch Headlines 05/11/2022

Newly discovered lake may hold secret to Antarctic ice sheet’s rise and fall, 2022-05-09
Scientists investigating the underside of the world’s largest ice sheet in East Antarctica have discovered a city-size lake whose sediments might contain a history of the ice sheet since its earliest beginnings.

The Quest to Save an Antarctic Kingdom Before It Falls Into Ruin
CNET, 2022-05-05
The dramatic tale stopped all of King’s children from wanting to own a motorcycle. All except Rob King, a krill biologist at the Australian Antarctic Division. In the world of Antarctic krill, the 6-foot-6 Rob King is a giant — literally and figuratively.

Breakthrough discovery of groundwater beneath Antarctic ice sheet – and what it may mean for sea level rise
YAHOO!News, 2022-05-05
Antarctica has such a huge potential for sea level rise, and with such devastating consequences, that we really need to understand what is the risk that it poses,” a researcher told The Independent

Huge volume of water detected under Antarctic ice
YAHOO!News, 2022-05-05
Vast quantities of water have been detected in sediments that underlie a part of the West Antarctic ice sheet. The volume is equivalent to a reservoir that is several hundred metres deep. The water was detected below the Whillans Ice Stream,

Ancient groundwater discovered deep below Antarctic ice
MSN, 2022-05-09
The trove of water validates suspicions from researchers, who have long believed there could be a groundwater system hidden beneath Antarctic ice streams but were unable to verify their claims. “Ice streams are important because they funnel about 90% of …

The Antarctic Meteorite That Changed Our Perception of Life in the Universe
CNET on, 2022-05-03
Nowhere else on the planet has provided a bounty of otherworldly riches like the desolate, frozen plains of the Antarctic. More than 22,000 space rocks have been found on the continent, offering scientists a way to study the formation of our solar system.

The contribution of Antarctic moss peat to the understanding of global peatland processes
Cambridge University Press, 2022-04-29
The moss banks of the Maritime Antarctic composed of one or both of the mosses Chorisodontium aciphyllum and Polytrichum strictum form peat banks up to 3.4 m thick and 5500 years of age. They represent perhaps the simplest peat-forming systems in the world …

In sediments below Antarctic ice, scientists discover a giant groundwater system, 2022-05-05
Many scientists say that liquid water is a key to understanding the behavior of the frozen form found in glaciers. Melt water is known to lubricate their gravelly bases and hasten their march toward the sea.

Deep Under the Antarctic Ice, Scientists Discover Vast Reservoir of Ancient Water
Wall Street Journal, 2022-05-05
Researchers had long suspected but never before established the existence of such hidden pockets of Antarctic groundwater, and the discovery could offer clues about the continent’s rate of ice loss.