Scientists have discovered a huge hole in Antarctica, and the size of its
literally stagger the imagination – they are commensurate, for example, with
area of the Leningrad region.
Here’s an opinion about this from Professor University of Toronto Kent
Moore, whom he shared with journalists from the publishing house Vice:
This dip in the ice of Antarctica is so fantastic that
it’s hard to believe him. Imagine someone omnipotent
punched a hole in a huge ice column. As a rule, something similar
formed in open water spaces, surrounded by
other reasons ice, and such formations are called polynyas.
Such polynyas are easily formed, for example, in coastal areas.
of this ice continent. However, the current “polynya” is
deep in the ice (hundreds of kilometers from the nearest region), and therefore
while the process of its appearance in this place is completely unclear. If a
not satellite imagery, this hole would be hard to notice at all
despite its huge size – in the framework of the endless ice
Antarctica is still a little dark speck.
As scientists have already calculated, the area of this hole is more than
eighty thousand square kilometers. As it turned out, something
similarly described by researchers in Antarctica in the seventies
last century, however, they did not have the right tools for
studying this phenomenon, and therefore left everything as it is – and
almost forgot about it.
Some environmentalists immediately put forward the theory that a hole in the ice
Antarctica was formed due to global warming. However in
last century, there was no talk of a major climate change on the planet.
and, apparently, such “internal polynyas” were formed here and
then. For progressive scientists it is more important now to find out the reasons
appearance of a hole, and understand whether it will have an impact on the oceans.
Perhaps, says Kent Moore, an accurate understanding of the education process
such “thalatin” will allow you to find answers to many questions about
today’s global climate change …