Antarctic glacier the size of France began to melt faster due to the heating of water on the ocean surface

The area of ​​the Ross glacier is 487,000 square meters. km - a little less than the area of ​​France Inside it at a depth of 800 m

under the ice, there is a lake inhabited by microorganisms, which use carbon dioxide rather than photosynthesis to support life.

Ross Glacier

Scientists from the National Institute of Water andFor four years, atmospheric research in New Zealand monitored the state of the ice shelf and the causes of its melting. They drilled a 260-meter well in the ice, placing sensors of salinity, speed of melting and ocean currents at a depth.

As a result, the researchers concluded that meltingaccelerated due to the heating of the upper layers of the Ross Sea washing the glacier. Deep waters play an immeasurably smaller role in this process, scientists note.

Earlier it was reported that the thickest ice in the Arctic began to collapse due to temperature fluctuations, opening up water in northern Greenland. There used to be thick ice in this region even in summer.