Hole the Size of Maine Opens in Antarctica Ice
Winter sea ice blankets the Weddell Sea around Antarctica with massive extra-tropical cyclones hovering over the Southern Ocean in this satellite image from September 25, 2017. The blue curves represent the ice edge. The polynya is the dark region of open water within the ice pack.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MODIS-AQUA VIA NASA WORLDVIEW; SEA ICE CONTOURS FROM AMSR2 ASI VIA UNIVERSITY OF BREMEN
A mysterious hole as big as the state of Maine has been spotted in Antarctica’s winter sea ice cover.
The hole was discovered by researchers about a month ago. The team, comprised of scientists from the University of Toronto and the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) project, was monitoring the area with satellite technology after a similar hole opened last year.