Record Pools Of Meltwater On George Vi Ice Shelf, Antarctica
"Even in frigid Antarctica, depressions in the surface of a glacier can fill with meltwater during the relative warmth of summer. The blue areas in the 2020 image represent the most widespread meltwater pooling — spanning some 90 miles (140 kilometers) — ever recorded on the George VI Ice Shelf. This massive slab of glacier ice protrudes from the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and floats on the waters separating the peninsula from Alexander Island. Pools like these can destabilize ice shelves, but George VI is thought to be robust enough to withstand them."