By Cheryl A Noronha-D’Mello and Rahul Mohan
The authors are scientists at the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, Goa. email@example.com.
The article should be cited as D’Mello C. and R Mohan, 2019. The Uncharted Waters Beneath the Ice, Geography and You, 19(23): 40-45
Antarctica, a vast expanse of ice and land, harbours one of the most intriguing features under its ice—the subglacial lakes. These isolated lakes form a part of the basal hydrological system and conceal unique biological ecosystems and climate records,thus prompting more scientific missions along with numerous challenges.
Antarctic is known for being earth's largest single mass of ice. It covers almost 14 million sq km and holds around 61 per cent of earth’s freshwater. However, wide networks of canyons, waterways and lakes that have been discovered buried under the ice sheet have captured the interest of people and are now the focus of novel scientific research. Subglacial lakes are large pockets of water that lie beneath a glacier or the ice sheet and are formed due to...