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Last week, scientists from the Canada and Europe published a research, which has not been done before. The research focus was on the western part of Antarctica.
The results from the research have confirmed previous fears – that Antarctica melts from the bottom.
Antarctica – warm indeed!
The scientists have measured the temperature of the water in places, going go to a depth of one kilometer, in the western part of Antarctica. It turns out that the flow of 110,000 cubic meters of warm water is flowing to Antarctica every second. This hot water melts between 50 to 70 billion tons of ice, and it tapers to about 20 meters each year.
This is crucial because the water escapes into the ocean water. The ice cap on Western Antarctica slowly melts, and that part is larger in area than Germany. If all of this ice turns into water, then the oceans would rise by about two meters.
These scientists have made measurements at five different locations around the Western Antarctica. On a couple of the sites have discovered that the ocean is very deep. They have found an underwater canyon with a depth of 500 meters that splits into two; one is about 700 meters and the other over 1.200 meters deep. Both branches are wider than 4 kilometers. It is during these canyons running huge undersea flow of hot water to the Antarctica. Research has shown that the ice that has disappeared exactly matches the amount of heat coming from the ocean.
The warm place is named after Commander David E Bunger, the man who led a team of US Navy explorers to the breathtaking discovery in 1949, the region boasts “melt ponds” and unfrozen lakes.
Bunger’s discovery was part of Operation Highjump – a secret navy task force. The film ‘The Secret Land’ – released in 1948 – documented the exploration and captured the dramatic moment Bunger and his team found Antarctica’s most unlikely secret.
Conspiracy theorists have long claimed Antarctica is hiding secrets hidden by the powers that be.