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Clues to Mysterious, Gaping Holes in Antarctic Ice Revealed

Clues to Mysterious, Gaping Holes in Antarctic Ice Revealed

Scientists may have finally found an explanation for the enormous holes appearing in the Antarctic winter ice pack since about four decades ago. With the help of floating robots and tech-equipped seals, they seem to be close to shedding light on the mysterious phenomena, the so-called polynyas (Russian for "open water"), that seem to be the result

Mystery of giant Antarctic ice holes solved by robots, tricked-out seals     - CNET

Mystery of giant Antarctic ice holes solved by robots, tricked-out seals - CNET

Elephant seals swimming under the sea ice with temporary satellite tags collected information on water conditions and beamed the data back to shore. Dan Costa/UC Santa Cruz Mysterious giant holes spotted in 2016 and 2017 in the icy winter surface of an Antarctic sea, one bigger than the state of Maryland, fascinated scientists . Though even bigger

Super colossal holes in Antarctic ice demystified by scientists

Super colossal holes in Antarctic ice demystified by scientists

It’s a strange thing. In the dead of the subzero Antarctic winter, when the oceans at the bottom of the world are frozen over, scientists have observed massive holes the size of South Carolina or larger opening up in the sea ice. The rare, puzzling phenomena occurred most recently in the winters of 2016 and 2017, though considerably larger holes opened

Mystery over 19,000-square-mile holes appearing in Antarctic ice finally solved

Mystery over 19,000-square-mile holes appearing in Antarctic ice finally solved

HUGE holes in Antarctic sea ice have been appearing for weeks at a time – and scientists may finally know why. The gaps, which cover an area the size of New Zealand, are caused by wicked weather conditions and underwater vortexes, according to a new study. Hole in sea ice offshore of the Antarctic coast as seen by a NASA satellite on Sept. 25, 2017