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Lubricating lakes

More than 150 subglacial lakes have been discovered beneath the Antarctic ice sheet. The four most recent additions, found right at the start of fast flow in a large ice stream, suggest that the lakes influence ice dynamics.

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Figure 1: Slippery slope.
Figure 2: Scenes from above the shores of the Recovery lakes.



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Kohler, J. Lubricating lakes. Nature 445, 830–831 (2007).

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