Scientists Drilled A Well Of A Record Depth In Western Antarctica

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Researchers managed to drill two wells in the bowels of Antarctica glaciers, and now they intend to work on the ground until mid-February. This will help them more accurately determine the future increase in the world’s ocean.

Scientists Drilled A Well Of A Record Depth In Western Antarctica
The team of researchers is working in Western Antarctica from November 2018 / © British Antarctic Survey

"I waited for this moment very long and extremely glad that we finally achieved our goal. In our knowledge of the processes occurring in Western Antarctica, there are many gaps, and studying those areas where ice is located on soft sediments, we can better understand how this region can change in the future, contributing to the global increase in the level of the World Ocean, " – comments on their achievement leading scientist Bas Andy Smith (Andy Smith).

The research group managed to drill two wells (the first was ready on January 8, the second – 22nd), and now scientists plan to work on the ground until mid-February. According to China Makinson, the physical oceanographer BAS, it is already known that the Warm Ocean Waters destroy many glaciers of Western Antarctica. Now scientists are trying to understand how much slippery surface under these glaciers and, therefore, how fast they can break down from the continent and get into the sea. According to scientists, it will help to more accurately determine and predict the future increase in the world’s ocean and the role of Western Antarctica in this process.

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