In a significant discovery, a group of scientists from New York University, along with colleagues from NYU Abu Dhabi, were able to detect the presence of warm water on the frigid continent of Antarctica.
According to USA Today, the discovery was made under the Thwaites Glacier, which is a massive block of ice located in west Antarctica. One of the largest in the world, the Thwaites Glacier -- at 75,000 square miles -- is roughly the same size as the entire U.S. state of Florida.
The discovery of warm water underneath this glacier could, according to scientists, speed up the process of melting ice in Antarctica and potentially result in the rise of sea-levels across the planet.
According to David Holland, director of New York University's Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, the discovery of warm water should be considered a warning to humans about the "potential dire changes brought about by climate change."
He went on to assert that people should not remain complacent over the fact that these events are happening in an uninhabited, faraway continent. The effects of the melting of a glacier the size of the Thwaites Glacier would almost certainly be felt in other densely populated areas. Coastal cities and populations would be at particular risk, he added.
What is particularly concerning is that the Thwaites Glacier remains one of the fastest melting glaciers in Antarctica. Several scientists also believe that this very glacier is the most vulnerable and significant glacier in the world that could contribute to global sea-level rise in the future.