Gigantic Mystery Hole Opens in Antarctica, Are the Aliens Here?

Massive hole opens up in Antarctica, puzzling scientists

The hole has an area of approximately 80,000 square kilometers (30,000 square miles), and is as large as Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes of North America, or the state of Maine. In their observations, it has fluctuated in size up to a maximum of almost 80,000 square kilometers. "In the depths of winter, for more than a month, we've had this area of open water", Kent Moore, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Toronto, told National Geographic.

Open-ocean polynas, like the one found in the Weddell Sea last month, are caused by the rising of warmer and saltier water from below. He is studying about the bizzare hole which was visible from the satellite around September 9 along with the group, the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modelling at Princeton. "It is now used as a geographical term for an area of unfrozen sea within the ice pack". They're also using robotic floats that are capable of operating under sea ice. "It's just remarkable that this polyna went away for four years and then came back".

Unbelievable how the #WeddellPolynya withstands / stears the local #SeaIce dynamic.

Without the insulating effect of sea ice cover, a polynya allows the atmosphere and ocean to exchange heat, momentum and moisture, leading to significant impacts on the climate. However, the researchers are submitting this work to the British journal Nature, she said.

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The Weddell Sea polynya is like "an oasis" for Antarctic sea mammals, says scientist Kent Moore. Most polynyas are reportedly large, and mostly oval-shaped, but irregular ones have been recorded all the same. Scientists can not explain why the mystery hole has appeared again after 40-years, but they have better technology to study it this time around.

"If we didn't have a satellite, we wouldn't know it was there", Moore told Motherboard, adding it looks like someone "punched a hole" through the ice.

Melting sea ice is often attributed to climate change, but Moore said scientists draw those conclusions based on decades worth of data.

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