Antarctica Photos: Meltwater Lake Hidden Beneath the Ice

Beauty at the bottom of the world

antarctic meltwater

(Image credit: Sanne Bosteels)

The edge of the Roi Baudouin ice sheet with floating sea ice alongside it. This area has shown little overt sign of ice loss, and in fact has seen some ice gain as snow accumulation has increased. But that snow accumulation may be a result of climate change, as warm air holds more moisture than cold air. Now, signs of hidden melt below the ice suggest that the region is vulnerable.

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Stephanie Pappas
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.