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January 7, 2014

KU researchers help discover, study massive aquifer under Greenland ice sheet

Four researchers at the University of Kansas helped discover and study an aquifer of water the size of Ireland hidden under the surface of the Greenland ice sheet, according to written statement from the University of Kansas.

Four researchers at the University of Kansas helped discover and study an aquifer of water the size of Ireland hidden under the surface of the Greenland ice sheet, according to written statement from the University of Kansas.

Studying the aquifer and its dynamics could lead to a better understanding of how annual ice melt from Greenland could affect sea level rise, the statement said.

Radar technology developed by KU researchers helped discover the pool within the ice sheet, the statement said. The science journal Nature last month ran an article written by the researchers involved, detailing the discovery, the statement said.

Scientists in Greenland found water while drilling ice cores, then used the KU radar technology to confirm the existence and size of the aquifer, the statement said. The layer of water ranges from five to 50 meters deep across southern Greenland, the statement said.

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