Scientists have now explored the first ever subglacial lakes of the Canadian Arctic.
Reports convey that there are two subglacial lakes below the ice cap in the Canadian Arctic. The research community involved in the study believes that this discovery will pave the way to reveal many mysteries of the space.
The researchers at the University of Alberta revealed the presence of the subglacial lakes in the Canadian Arctic deep below 700 meters of ice cover. They were mapping the topography beneath the Devon Island glaciers in the Nunavut region. Radar-sounding techniques were used to measure the Devon Island topography.
The scientists proclaim that the temperature of the zone is about minus ten-degree Celsius. The ice continues to be in liquid state owing to the elevated salinity of the water. The water in the Canadian Arctic is about four to five time’s saline as compared to the salinity of the normal seawater.
Mark Skidmore conveyed that these conditions resemble the conditions found on the red planet or Europa (Jupiter’s icy moon). Mark Skidmore is an associate professor at the Montana State University. He further clarified that the subglacial lakes are debarred of the direct sunlight as the ice sheath covers them beneath itself. It is owing to these thick ice-sheaths that the subglacial lakes were masked for nearly 1,20,000 years.
Before this discovery, merely 400 subglacial lakes were revealed hidden under the Ice sheets of Greenland and the Antarctica region. Skidmore is further curious to detect whether any microflora exists beneath the subglacial lakes of the Nunavut. He enthusiastically states, “If so, it will probably be unlike anything that we have found on Earth.”