Massive Hole Appears In Antarctic Ice and Scientists Aren't Sure Why

Massive Hole Appears In Antarctic Ice and Scientists Aren't Sure Why

"If we didn't have a satellite, we wouldn't know it was there", Moore told Motherboard, adding it looks like someone "punched a hole" through the ice.

Polynyas are geographical areas of unfrozen sea within the ice pack. However, it disappeared for several decades before showing back up, throwing a huge kink in many scientific explanations for its existence.

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of a polynya off the coast of Antarctica, near Ross Island and McMurdo Station on November 16, 2011.

Since the hole continually exposes the water to the atmosphere above, it is hard for new ice layers to form.

A mysterious hole as big as the state of ME has been spotted in Antarctica's winter sea ice cover.

A giant hole has opened up in Antarctica that could possibly be as big as the state of ME (91,646 km²) and Lake Superior (82,103 km²).

But Earther notes that another team, from the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany, believes its reappearance confirms their climate variability models, which suggested the polynya could show up again. "In the depths of winter, for more than a month, we've had this area of open water", Kent Moore, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Toronto, told National Geographic. This nearly twice the size of the Netherlands and marginally smaller than Ireland.

A "polynya" is a large ice-free area that develops in an otherwise frozen sea, and this particular formation is situated in the Weddell Sea, east of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Action Super Mario Odyssey trailer makes Mario a Broadway star
As a way to ease the impatience (or maybe to strengthen it), Nintendo has released a music video for the upcoming game. The video features a combination of real gameplay from previous trailers and New Donk City-themed dance numbers.

'A very cold but relatively fresh water layer covers a much warmer and saltier water mass, thus acting as an insulating layer.

"The Southern Ocean is strongly stratified".

One of the biggest reason as to why this polynya remains so mysterious is that it's quite hard to explore such areas.

The going theory on what caused it has to do with water currents and a flow of warmer water rising up and melting the ice.

Actually, this type of phenomena can be termed as polynya- an area of open water completely enclosed by sea ice.

Though the appearance is mysterious, it's too early to blame climate change, according to Motherboard. But scientists are denying to conclude that this has happened due to global warming.

'The better we understand these natural processes, the better we can identify the anthropogenic impact on the climate system'.

Related News:

  • CMA details scope of Fox-Sky investigation in issues statement

    CMA details scope of Fox-Sky investigation in issues statement

    Like-for-like revenues were up five per cent to £3.3bn in the three months to 30 September, from £3.1bn this time past year . Later on Thursday, shareholders voted in favour of the re-election of Murdoch´s son James as chairman.
    Donald Trump set to 'decertify' 2015 Iran nuclear deal

    Donald Trump set to 'decertify' 2015 Iran nuclear deal

    But it could be hard to get both Iran and its ally, Russia, back to the table for a new round of talks. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy today urged the president not to decertify the Iran nuclear deal.

    Supreme Court dismisses 1 of 2 travel ban cases

    Unlike the other bans, it treats some countries and types of travelers, such as students or tourists, differently than others. That 120-day period expires later this month, suggesting that at least, for now, it remains a live controversy.
  • Ophelia Becomes Atlantic's Tenth Hurricane in a Row

    Ophelia Becomes Atlantic's Tenth Hurricane in a Row

    Ahead of the heavy wind and rain Hurricane Ophelia will bring with it, temperatures are set to reach 20 degrees over the weekend. It will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, which hit southern England overnight on October 15.
    Overwatch: All New Halloween Terror 2017 Emotes

    Overwatch: All New Halloween Terror 2017 Emotes

    Expand your collection of seasonal-themed items and relive a chilling tale in our PvE brawl: " Junkenstein's Revenge ". A slight tweak has been brought to this mode this year, as you have the option to turn on endless play.
    Video Captures 11-Year-Old's Joy After Learning Her Adoption Is Final

    Video Captures 11-Year-Old's Joy After Learning Her Adoption Is Final

    Tannah's adoptive mother called the school and asked the school's office manager Jackie Alexander to tell Tannah the news. They concluded promoting adoption would not only improve the lives of the children, while also saving public money.
  • Harvey Weinstein Says 'I'm Not Doing OK' Amid Sexual Misconduct Scandal

    Harvey Weinstein Says 'I'm Not Doing OK' Amid Sexual Misconduct Scandal

    Beckinsale recalls that a few years later Weinstein asked her if he had tried anything with her at the first meeting. Boies said that at the time of the contract negotiations, he was aware of three or four settlements with women.
    Arsene Wenger admits Gunners ARE considering selling Mesut Ozil in January

    Arsene Wenger admits Gunners ARE considering selling Mesut Ozil in January

    Asked if Arsenal had set a deadline for contract negotiations with the pair to conclude, Wenger replied: "No". The fact that we didn't find agreement past year doesn't mean he wants to leave.
    National Football League  should have suspended Kaepernick for kneeling

    National Football League should have suspended Kaepernick for kneeling

    Maybe it's as simple an answer as keeping teams in the locker rooms until after the anthem plays, as was the custom before 2009. This form of protesting also refers towards the Black Panther movement and this form of protesting hasn't been commented on.
  • Hamas and Fatah sign unity deal

    Hamas and Fatah sign unity deal

    Palestinian negotiators from rival Hamas and Fatah factions have signed a reconciliation deal at a short ceremony in Cairo . Egypt has helped to mediate several attempts to reconcile the movements and form a power-sharing government.

    USA and Turkey suspend bilateral non-immigrant visa services

    US pastor Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for over 20 years, has also been behind bars for a year for alleged links to Gulen.

    Horse race bet with William Hill

    How to place a bet To place your wager/bet, all you need is to provide the appropriate information to the ticket writer. Simply you just have to pay £1horse bet and you can easily watch the live horse racing broadcast on your device.


Most liked

India's retail inflation static at 3.28% in September
The data revealed the overall food inflation moderated to 1.25 per cent in September from 1.67 per cent in the previous month. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) also revised downwards the August inflation to 3.28 per cent from 3.36 per cent.

United States flies bombers over Korean peninsula as Trump discusses options
U.S. officials have voiced their concern that Kim Jong-un's nation could launch cyber attacks on American infrastructure. He said the North's strategic forces have "inexhaustible power that won't leave aggressor state America unpunished".

(JPM) Shares Sold by Legacy Private Trust Co
Glacier Peak Capital LLC acquired a new stake in JPMorgan Chase & Co. during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $129,000. Also, insider Ashley Bacon sold 6,514 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 11th.

'White widow' jihadi killed by U.S. drone
A BBC correspondent on security issues Frank Gardner believes that Sally Jones has been an important agent of propaganda "ID". When she arrived she married British-Pakastani hacker Junaid Hussain who was killed in a drone strike in 2015.

Aarushi murder case: Allahabad HC acquits couple Nupur, Rajesh Talwar
Initially, the UP police had suspected Talwars' servant Hemraj, who was missing after the murder, as the murderer. Later in 2012, his wife Nupur surrendered before a Ghaziabad court before trial and was also sent to Dasna Jail.

NHS staff urged to get flu jabs to protect patients
Northcott said the Health Alliance will be having daily flu shot clinics for staff beginning October 19 until the end of November. The second reason is that experts annually review the formulation of the flu vaccine due to the viruses' constant changes.

Confirmed: No Nokia 8 For US Market
Other than Nokia 9 , earlier rumors were also claiming that Nokia is also working on a budget-friendly smartphone , Nokia 2 . Nokia's portfolio of 2017 phones is nearly up, although there is 1 phone left that is rumoured before 2017.

Ex-FIFA executive and PSG president investigated in bribery case
Valcke was banned from football for 10 years for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from World Cup ticket sales. Dozens of corruption investigations are ongoing in Switzerland, the United States and elsewhere.

Injury updates for Giants' top wide receivers
Beckham, who suffered a fractured ankle in Sunday's loss to the Chargers , was placed on injured reserve Monday. Captain Eli Manning could be seen grimacing as Beckham Jr, crying through the agony, was carted off the field.

Alibaba Sizes Up Facebook, Amazon With R&D Funding Surge
Alibaba's plans for the academy reflect a push for greater technological collaboration globally. In the meantime, it will start the process to recruit 100 researchers from around the world.

Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russian Federation probe
The person said the ads were meant to inflame all sides, with some showing white police officers beating black people. They were focused on such issues as Black Lives Matter , LGBT topics, immigration, and ammunition.

Fearless Real Estate Agent Catches Shark And Throws It Back Into Ocean
Melissa Hatheier, a Sydney real estate agent , encountered the child-sized Port Jackson shark swimming in an ocean pool. Huge cheers could be heard in the background as she succeeded in lifting the shark up and threw it back into the sea.

Maharashtra, Gujarat cut Value-Added Tax on petrol and diesel
The rate cuts were put into effect after Centre eased excise duty on petrol and diesel in light of soaring fuel prices. The VAT on petrol in Mumbai , Thane and Navi Mumbai has now come down to 24 per cent from the earlier 26 per cent.

OnePlus Phones Collecting Private User Data Without Consent
After decrypting the data, he figured out that OxygenOS's analytics is sending user data regularly to the OnePlus's AWS servers. This is a bad look for OnePlus, and it is equally concerning that the company does not really consider this to be a big deal.

Anupam Kher appointed as FTII chairman, feels deeply humbled and honoured
Anupam had then said the FTII needed a person with much more qualifications than Chauhan had as a producer, director or actor. It is a very humbling feeling and a great honour to be the chairman of FTII .