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Super Salty Lakes Found Deep Below Canadian Ice Cap

A cold and windy spring night on the vast landscape of the Devon Ice Cap. Scientists have discovered two subglacial lakes lurking 750 meters below the surface. Anja Rutishauser

To understand the bedrock under Devon Ice Cap, one of largest in the Canadian Arctic, PhD student Anja Rutishauser poured through radar data that she hoped would reveal a better picture.

But instead of finding solid ground, Rutishauser found liquid water.

The University of Alberta student found two super-salty lakes underneath the Canadian Arctic, located nearly a half a mile below the ice, Josh Gabbatiss reports for The Independent. And the discovery could provide insight into possible extraterrestrial life

Smithsonaian.com, April 16,2018

Independent, April 11, 2018
CBC, April 13, 2018
The Globe And Mail, April 11, 2018
Gizmodo, April, 12, 2018