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Scientists Image Vast Subglacial Water System Underpinning West Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier
July 9, 2013
National Science Foundation-funded scientists at the University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Geophysics have used an innovation in radar analysis to accurately create an image of a vast subglacial water system under West Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier. In doing so, the researchers detected a swamp-like canal system beneath the ice several times as large as Florida's Everglades.
University of Texas at Austin
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