New lakes in the Canadian Arctic
Two new and very salty lakes have been found under glaciers in the High Arctic. Between five and eight kilometres in diameter, these lakes are concealed under more than 500 metres of ice, which means they must have an extremely high salt content to stay liquid. These subglacial lakes, the first of their kind to be found in the Canadian Arctic, may harbour unique microbes. They were found during a University of Alberta radar survey of the Devon Ice Cap. For more information, visit sciencemag.org.