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When we think of Antarctica, we think of a vast, white land covered in ice and snow with penguins all around. An inhabited land and the southernmost continent, Antarctica is one of the world’s most isolated place and home to the South Pole. But a recent discovery has put it in the spotlight for all the right reasons. A new sub-glacial lake that is about 62-mile-long has been discovered that could even have species we don’t know about.
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This startling discovery not only tells us that there is water under those ice caps but also the possibility of animals that have evolved over the years to live under such conditions. Millions of years ago, Antarctica was home to dinosaurs, had forests, lakes and canyons that all got buried under huge layers of ice. While most of it is now in the form of fossils, the presence of this lake can be key in finding more about newer or older species that have survived over time.
Scientists discovered the lake after they found the ice on the surface to be unusually grooved at several places. This indicated the presence of liquid water below its surface. This found the lake to be connected to a massive canyon which is believed to be the largest canyon system in the world.
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While we will have to wait a little longer to learn more about the lake’s existence and the potential species in it, expeditions to explore it are already being drawn out. It won’t be long before secrets of Antarctica are uncovered.
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