Blue lakes on an East Antarctic glacier are a troubling sign, scientists say

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British researchers have discovered a troubling trend in East Antarctica: As air temperatures become warmer each summer, more and deeper lakes are showing up atop Langhovde Glacier.

Their study, published this month in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, is the first to monitor the meltwater pools for an extended period of time in that part of the icy continent.

The findings are significant because they add to mounting evidence that an area once considered the most stable part of Antarctica is now showing signs of increased melting – this time from a process that has sped up the melting taking place in Greenland.  Read more…

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