Interest in sub-glacial waters global

November 22, 2007

The study of Antarctica's sub-glacial environment will be the next focus for polar research, predicts a Texas A&M professor who led several Antarctica studies.

The scientific knowledge learned from the world beneath the ice sheets will change how humans understand the planet, oceanography professor Mahlon Kennicutt II said in a news release.

The international scientific community already has found more than 150 lakes and a vast river system beneath the ice, he said.

"We've known for about 10 years that there were lakes under the ice sheets, but discoveries in the last few years have shown just how complex the water systems are," Kennicutt said. "It has changed the way we now view Antarctica and its evolution over time."

With the Antarctic summer approaching the area, the pace of research activity will pick up, Kennicutt said. Russian officials announced plans for the Russian Antarctic Expedition to enter the largest of the known lakes this year. Other countries -- such as the United States, Japan, France, Italy, the United Kingdom -- also plan to study what lies beneath the ice.

"The countries involved all agree that whatever research is conducted should be performed without causing significant environmental damage," he says.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: Professors say US has fallen behind on offshore wind power

Related Stories

Professors say US has fallen behind on offshore wind power

September 29, 2015

University of Delaware faculty from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), the College of Engineering and the Alfred Lerner School of Business and Economics say that the U.S. has fallen behind in offshore wind ...

NASA to study Arctic climate change ecosystem impacts

September 1, 2015

As part of a broad effort to study the environmental and societal effects of climate change, NASA has begun a multi-year field campaign to investigate ecological impacts of the rapidly changing climate in Alaska and northwestern ...

Antarctica may hold the key to regulating mining in space

August 10, 2015

Our current era may go down in history as the century of space exploration and off-Earth resource exploitation. But there are still considerable policy hurdles to overcome in terms of how we regulate such activities.

WaterNest 100: A pod-shaped vision of floating household

March 16, 2015

An article adaptation (from Environment@Harvard Volume 3, Issue 2) on the Harvard University Center for the Environment website said "Around the world, oceans are warming and expanding. Vast ice sheets are crumbling and melting ...

Recent mercury pollution on the rise, but quick to change

June 29, 2015

A Dartmouth-led study using a 600-year-old ice core shows that global mercury pollution increased dramatically during the 20th century, but that mercury concentrations in the atmosphere decreased faster than previously thought ...

Recommended for you

History shows more big wildfires likely as climate warms

October 5, 2015

The history of wildfires over the past 2,000 years in a northern Colorado mountain range indicates that large fires will continue to increase as a result of a warming climate, according to new study led by a University of ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.