Scientists find new ice channels

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A TEAM of UK scientists, including experts from the University of York, has discovered huge channels beneath a floating ice shelf in Antarctica.

At 250 metres wide, the ice channels are almost as tall as the Eiffel tower and stretch hundreds of kilometres.

Writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, the scientists suggest the channels are likely to influence the stability of the ice shelf and their discovery will help understanding of how ice responds to environmental changes.

The York researchers worked with colleagues from other universities and the British Antarctic Survey, using satellite images and airborne radar measurements to find the channels.