Researchers Baffled by Greenland’s Disappearing Lakes

PHOTO: In April 2014, researchers flew over a site in southwest Greenland to find that a sub-glacial lake had drained away. This photo shows the crater left behind, as well as a deep crack in the ice. (PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen Price, Los Alamos National Lab, courtesy of The Ohio State University)
PHOTO: In April 2014, researchers flew over a site in southwest Greenland to find that a sub-glacial lake had drained away. This photo shows the crater left behind, as well as a deep crack in the ice. (PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen Price, Los Alamos National Lab, courtesy of The Ohio State University)

Scientists are baffled after two lakes in Greenland were mysteriously drained of billions of gallons of water.

One lake was so large that a mile-wide crater was left behind after it was drained in the span of a few weeks. Another sub-glacial lake has been filled and emptied twice in the last two years.

The findings were published separately for each lake in the journals “Nature” and “The Cryosphere.”

Ian Howat, a professor at Ohio State University, who studied the lake that left behind a mile-wide crater, said the findings of the study were “catastrophic.”

“The draining of the lake may be showing us that the plumbing system under the ice is changing because more water is melting from the surface and flowing into it,” Howat told ABC News.

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SOURCE: ABC News | Alyssa Newcomb

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