New lakes in the Cana­dian Arc­tic

Canadian Wildlife - - DISPATCHES -

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.

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