New Insight to the Blood Falls of the Taylor Glacier

Research has discovered more insight into the mysterious Blood Falls of the Taylor Glacier found over a century ago.

Discovered in the early 1900s, over 106 years ago, Griffith Taylor found the 34-mile-long polar glacier releasing red water rich in iron into the West Lake Bonney.  Taylor thought algae was the reason for the red color.

However, in 2003 researchers had decided that the red color was coming from oxidized iron and water from a five-million-year-old saltwater lake. When the iron makes contact with the air, in other words, oxygen, it oxidizes the iron which is the same process giving iron the same dark red color when it rusts.

Adding some insight into the mystery of nature is a new study from University of Alaska Fairbanks and Colorado College. Researchers used a radio-echo sounding, echolocation, to track where exactly the flow of the Blood Falls, red water, was coming from.

They discovered that the Taylor Glacier not only had a lake under it but there was a unique briney water system which is likely to have been active for over a million years.

The reason for the water has not frozen is because of the perpetual hydraulic system which sees the heated energy released by the freezing water. The saltiness of the water has lower freezing temperatures making it possible for the water to continuously flow.

Although, there have been researchers who smash the idea of the water flowing in the cold glacier. According to the co-author, Christina Carr, a doctoral student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks states that the Taylor Glacier is known to be the coldest glacier with water flowing from it.

With this new discovery of the Blood Falls, it is a time capsule of ancient microbial systems giving scientists new ways to study the possibilities of life on other planets without having the need to drill ice caps, which disrupts the surface.

About News Team

Hi, I'm Alex Perez, an experienced writer with a focus on lifestyle and culture news. From food and fashion to travel and entertainment, I love exploring the latest trends and sharing my insights with readers. I also have a strong interest in world news and business, and enjoy covering breaking stories and events.

Have a tip we should know? tips@rhd.news

Uncategorized

Most Read

  1. News
    Pandora Papers Financial Leak Shows Us the Secrets of the World’s Rich and Powerful
    2 years ago
  2. Health
    US Supreme Court Rejects J & J TALC Cancer Case Appeal
    3 years ago
  3. Lifestyle
    9 Habits that Drain your Daily Focus and How to Avoid Them
    3 years ago
  4. BUSINESS
    Women’s Demand for Shapewear – the big Trends
    3 years ago
  5. BUSINESS
    Valentino Launches its Cosmetics Line
    3 years ago
  6. Health
    US Promises to Share 60 million Doses of AstraZeneca Vaccines
    3 years ago
  7. Health
    UK Offers Aid Amid Surging COVID-19 Cases in India
    3 years ago
  8. Sports
    Thousands of fans welcome Charlton funeral cortege at Old Trafford
    3 months ago
  9. News
    Brit left fighting for life after train derails in Argentinia
    3 months ago
  10. BUSINESS
    Dubai faces down airline rivals with $50 bln jet orders
    3 months ago
  11. Sunak
    UK’s Sunak brings back Cameron, sacks Braverman
    3 months ago
  12. Sports
    Man United’s Hojlund, Eriksen withdrawn from Denmark team duty
    3 months ago
  13. Health
    Autumn Sneezing Syndrome is on the rise… here’s what you can do
    3 months ago
  14. Canada
    Canada beat Italy to win Billie Jean King Cup for first time
    3 months ago

Follow @rushhourdaily: