Subglacial lakes may not be isolated ecosystems

By Sid Perkins, 15:54 PM April 15, 2008

From Baltimore, at the American Geophysical Union meeting

Large volumes of water occasionally flow between the lakes that lie deep beneath Antarctica's kilometers-thick ice sheet, a new analysis suggests.

In late 1996, radar altimeters on a European Space Agency satellite began to measure a drop in elevation across a 600-square-kilometer area of eastern Antarctica. During the next 16 months, the surface elevation fell about 3 meters, indicating a loss of water from a lake that probably lies be...

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