Hole found in Antarc­tica

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A HOLE larger than the Nether­lands has opened up in Antarc­tica, and sci­en­tists are work­ing to deepen their un­der­stand­ing of how it formed.

The hole in the ice is “quite re­mark­able,” Univer­sity of Toronto Mis­sis­sauga pro­fes­sor Kent Moore said.

“It looks like you just punched a hole in the ice,” he said.

Ar­eas of open wa­ter sur­rounded by sea ice, such as this one, are known as polynyas. They form in coastal re­gions of Antarc­tica, Mr Moore said.

Sci­en­tists be­lieve the polynya will have a wider im­pact on the oceans.

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