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A Giant, Mysterious Hole Has Opened Up in Antarctica
A hole as large as Lake Superior or the state of Maine has opened up in Antarctica, and scientists aren't sure why it's there.

The gigantic, mysterious hole "is quite remarkable," atmospheric physicist Kent Moore, a professor at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus, told me over the phone. "It looks like you just punched a hole in the ice."

Areas of open water surrounded by sea ice, such as this one, are known as polynias. They form in coastal regions of Antarctica, Moore told me. What's strange here, though, is that this polynia is "deep in the ice pack," he said, and must have formed through other processes that aren't understood.

"This is hundreds of kilometres from the ice edge. If we didn't have a satellite, we wouldn't know it was there." (It measured 80,000 k㎡ at its peak.)

A polynia was observed in the same location, in Antarctica's Weddell Sea, in the 1970s, according to Moore, who's been working with the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modelling (SOCCOM) group, based at Princeton University, to analyze what's going on. Back then, scientists' observation tools weren't nearly as good, so that hole remained largely unstudied. Then it went away for four decades, until last year, when it reopened for a few weeks. Now it's back again.

"This is now the second year in a row it's opened after 40 years of not being there," Moore said. (It opened around September 9.) "We're still trying to figure out what's going on."

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"Chevron seven is locked."

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Probably just the old Nazi base opening up to get supplies.  Nothing to see here, move along, send Buzz!

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Planet X is coming from the Antarctica direction ?
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(10-11-2017, 12:53 PM)titanic1 Wrote: Probably just the old Nazi base opening up to get supplies.  Nothing to see here, move along, send Buzz!

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The last time he went there, they had to ship him home. Chuckle
No one can resist the truth wrapped in a good joke.

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mayber there's giants in that giant hole and they've been asleep for 10,000 years and they're just waking up
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Cthulu stirs
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Deep sea volcanoes, nothing to see here. Coffee
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