Blue Lakes in Antartica

8,000 beautiful blue lakes have randomly appeared in East Antarctica Dronning Maud Land. Scientists found out that the lakes are composed of meltwater that have surfaced atop the ice sheets during the last few decades and are worried that the lakes may affect one of the world’s largest ice mass. A worry among researchers is that the meltwater will affect patterns of ice melt, ice low, and ice shelf disintegration. It is possible that water from the lakes could seep through the glaciers and potentially weaken the glacier and break it apart. Scientists are suspecting that the fresh water from the melting ice could become rivers that flow into the salt water, which would create underwater tornado flow patterns which can cause further ice loss. Another concern of researchers is the melted fresh water coating the glacier and and helping increase the rate of glaciers lurching forward. Scientists believe that the current state of East Antarctica’s glaciers are not greatly threatened, but need to be monitored closely.

East Antarctica has never shown indications of being affected by global warming until now.Even though many people may not live close enough to the glaciers to enjoy their natural beauty and resources, but should still take notice of global climate change.The meltwater proves that global warming is a serious issue, especially because studies have shown that the amount of lakes are directly correlated with rising air temperature.  Many people may not feel the consequences of the fluctuations in the Earth’s climate because they are not affected directly. If glaciers continue to melt, a portion of human water source could be tainted with salty ocean water. The ice melting also causes sea levels to rise; affecting the many people who live in lower coastal regions. Future generations may not get the same opportunity to live near the East Atlantic coast due to the possible destruction of rising water levels. People should take the meltwater as a warning while the glaciers are still in equilibrium.  The importance of the glaciers and the threats of global climate change cannot go unnoticed.

 

Sources:

Crew, Bec. “Thousands of Strange Blue Lakes Are Appearing in Antarctica, and It’s Very Bad News.” ScienceAlert. N.p., 22 Aug. 2016. Web. 30 Aug. 2016. <http://www.sciencealert.com/thousands-of-strange-blue-lakes-are-appearing-in-antarctica-and-it-s-very-bad-news&gt;.

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3 thoughts on “Blue Lakes in Antartica

  1. Micah

    Theses lakes highlight the affects of rising temperatures. But what could possibly cause global warming? Is it primarily contributed by the cars we drive or the amount of coal being burned? As a global community we need to pinpoint the initial cause and promptly stop it.

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  2. Kat Sanchez

    I found this blog super interesting, I did not know about these lakes appearing in East Antartica. I found it very concerning that the sea levels are rising because we do not know what could possibly happen down the road as global warming takes action. I agree that people should see this as a warning and should not go unnoticed

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  3. Mike Branzuela

    Somehow, I just can’t believe that such obvious evidence of climate change such as the blue lakes in Antarctica continues without governments taking serious action to stop this obvious damage to earth that truly jeopardizes the future of generations to come.

    Let us take action to save the precious ice flows in Antarctica.

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