Massive lake discovered beneath Antarctic ice

Created by hydrothermal activity beneath the ice?

A massive newly discovered lake may lie below the surface of the Antarctic ice sheet, according to researchers using satellite images.

Antarctic sub-glacial lake

Though not as large as Lake Vostok, Antarctica’s deepest and largest subsurface lake, the newly discovered lake is likely a close second, the researchers said.

“We’ve seen these strange, linear channels on the surface, and are inferring these are above massive, 1000-kilometer-long (600-mile-long) channels, and there’s a relatively large subglacial lake there too,” Martin Siegert of Imperial College London told New Scientist. 

How does a huge lake form far beneath the surface of the ice?

Not by human intervention, for sure. Not by “global warming,” for sure.

That lake has to have been formed by hydrothermal activity heating the ice from below, the same hydrothermal activity that heats the world’s oceans.

6 thoughts on “Massive lake discovered beneath Antarctic ice”

  1. Oh no, that must be caused by warm water coming from that hot spot from global warming, or even El Nino! After all, isn’t El Nino the cause of all funky things in the weather from now on?

    • No El nino here now, snowing in Minnesota, Michigan and a splotch moving into Iowa as of now Fri. nite, cold front just ripped through here so. of Chicago 47 F and dropping. Many low areas in fields saturated & drowned out & just got another good dooshing. 30% crop reduction may not be far off. Had to put in 40-50 tomatoe plants, got to big in greenhouse, now out side & shrinking, most seed in my garden is not germinating.

  2. seeing as theres a live volcano there EREBUS
    as well as confirmed thermal vents even the greentards had to admit to on the east warming currents to melt the shelf a wee bit
    I for one am UNsurprised at all

  3. It is the aliens buried beneath the ice, they have awaken and turned on their lights melting the ice creating lakes.
    So says ancient aliens on HC. These guys they really kill me.

    And the real kicker is that our children have been conditioned to believe these lies and many are deceived.

    Several years ago my son asked how to refute these liars?
    Jokingly I pointed to one of the hosts and asked my son, would you believe anyone who displaces their hair like like that and grinned largely.
    A couple days later my son came through the door with hair standing straight up, gave a crooked grin and said, dad look what the aliens did to me.

    Maybe ’tis the carbon release of oceans due to underwater volcanic activity affecting these hosts tiny minds?

    Good article !

  4. When your crops are failing, you might want to look around you at the wild plants. In Missouri, they are still flourishing.

    Next year, when I put in my garden, I will grow lambs’ quarters and violets instead of spinach. They are both hardy, tasty, nutritious and grow with little or no intervention from me.

    Stop wasting your time with hothouse pansies imported from the Middle East, etc. Native plants will handle the ice age much better, and they are usually aggressive growers because natural selection has made them tough.

    If you don’t want to eat them yourself, feed them to your animals, who will be healthier and stronger as a result. If I had the space, I’d try wild oats and wild rice.

    Also, organic farming methods will give you an edge when the weather is against you. Plants grow better in soils full of natural nutrients, which commercial fertilizers do not supply.

  5. I noticed Mount Erebus being talked about in the comments and felt I had to correct this. Mount Erebus or its volcanic system is much too small to be influencing the lake. The distance between Erebus and this new lake is about 2400 km, larger than the 2290 km or so between New Orleans and Winnipeg. No volcanic system on Earth is that wide. Only one volcanic system exists, that we know of, that is that large, and it is the Tharsis bulge on Mars. It is only capable of being that large because it experiences a fraction of Earth’s gravity, 2/5 of Earth’s gravity, and if it were on Earth it would weigh 5/2 what it does on Mars. Yet even on Mars, it is still so big that it sags right through the crust into the planet’s mantle. It is surrounded by cracks from its own weight. Cracks that can be tens or hundreds of km long. It grew so large that it blocked the mantle currents and turned off the global magnetic field, causing the near-complete loss of the atmosphere. It basically got so big that it ruined Mars. A volcano can’t even approach that size on Earth, because the higher gravity would cause it to sag into the mantle at a smaller size and then it would be absorbed and not mess stuff up because Earth’s mantle is too large to be affected much. If Earth had a thing on it the relative size of the Tharsis bulge, the one volcanic system large enough to influence the new lake from Mount Erebus’ distance, the thing would plunge through the crust like a rock thrown at a frozen lake. Then the rest of the crust would break up from the waves created in the mantle magma. In short, Earth’s surface would be completely molten within a year. Considering the fact that we’re all still here, this isn’t the case, and therefore Mount Erebus, or any connected volcanoes in its system, are not influencing the existence of this newly discovered lake. However, this doesn’t rule out another volcano’s existence closer to the lake, that has a possibility of influencing it.

    One might think Venus is an exception to this scenario, but Venus is more of an exception to the exception. Its crust is thinner that Earth’s, and its rock slightly less viscous on long timescales, so it’s easier for magma to go straight up through the crust than to spread through cracks (of which there are less) to form volcanic systems or hotspots. So, it has more volcanoes, but almost none of them are interconnected.

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