Salty secrets

Look: A vast reservoir of water has been hiding under Antarctic ice, researchers confirm

Ice sheet models will need to be updated.

Moving camp from the Whillans Grounding Zone to Whillans Subglacial Lake.
Kerry Key, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

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Beneath Antarctica’s glaciers, there are numerous lakes and rivers of liquid water that flow freely.

Researchers know these subglacial bodies of water exist — but their full extent has been elusive.