Explosions Under Antarctica’s Totten Glacier Reveal Vast Network of Hidden Lakes

Newsweek - 03-26


Scientists have set off a series of small explosions beneath the biggest glacier in East Antarctica in order to peer beneath the ice and find out what lies beneath. The team, from the Australian Antarctic Program, were conducting seismic studies at the Totten Glacier—a huge body of ice that holds enough ice to raise global sea levels by an estimated three meters. It has long been known that this glacier is retreating, and that it has the largest thinning rate in East Antarctica.