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A Giant, Mysterious Hole Has Opened Up in Antarctica

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Image: Jeff Schmaltz/LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response/Jesse Allen/NASA. 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.

They form in coastal regions of Antarctica, Moore told me. Scientists’ observation tools weren’t nearly as good, so that hole remained largely unstudied. “This is now the second year in a row it’s opened after 40 years of not being there,” Moore said. It’s tempting to blame this strange hole on climate change, which is reshaping so much of the world, including Antarctica.

Antarctica is undergoing massive changes right now, and figuring out why a gaping hole could suddenly open up will be key to understanding larger systems at play.


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8 thoughts on “A Giant, Mysterious Hole Has Opened Up in Antarctica

    James Gundlach

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:58 pm)

    Clearly its the inhabitants of the other side of our flat earth drilling into our side so they can invade and take over our side.

    Eli Adams

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:58 pm)

    Well, it can’t be global warming.

    TJ Allcot

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:58 pm)

    Promo for the new X-Files movie.

    Royce Ly

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:58 pm)

    Did it look laser cut from space?

    Rogier Letschert

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:58 pm)


    Lena Weinstein

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:58 pm)

    Roman 👽👾🤗

    Gary Daniel

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:58 pm)

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    Johnny Totaro

    (January 23, 2018 - 8:58 pm)

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