A group of international researchers found a vast source of geothermal energy under ice in eastern Antarctica, which could be one of the factors of melting ice in the region. To ascertain, scientists used a plane with radar that allowed the processes to be captured in a depth of up to three kilometers.
The results of the investigation were disclosed by the Science Alert Portal and pointed out that the ice melts from the bottom up, while the water drains into the underground lakes. According to Tom Jodan, an investigator for the UK Antarctic Service, the process may have already happened thousands or millions of years ago, but it does not affect the surface.
The experts concluded that there are other reasons for melting, in which they could be from radioactive rocks and hot water in the Earth’s crust. Besides the climatic factor causing the dissolution of the glaciers.
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