At last scientists have revealed the real story behind the blood falls of the Antarctica. A rare natural phenomenon that attracts thousands of tourists every year!
Scientists have been giving explanations for the blood falls for many years now. But what was originally thought has now been proven wrong. Scientists from around the world have been visiting and testing the water to find exactly why the color of the falls looks so gory. First thought be algae in fresh water that was melting. It is now proven that the water is actually brackish and the color is formed by iron ore.
The cause of the blood red water coming to the surface is known to be because of pressure deep under the ice. The water is a temperature of only one and a half degrees centigrade. But that is much warmer than the ice surrounding it causing it to rise up through the frozen ice.
The relatively small outlet of the blood falls, hides the size of of the lake of brackish iron filled water which is 400 meters below the ice and covers an area of over 1 mile.
The blood falls were first discovered over 100 years ago by Griffith Taylor,an Australian geologist. But it wasn’t until 2003 that scientists started investigation this strange natural phenomenon and start putting forward their ideas.
The underground brackish lake was formed some 5 million years ago at which time the ocean height was much greater than it is now. The lake become isolated and over many millennium the packed over it crushing its under the ice.
As global temperature rises, even though the ice surrounding it is still intact the saltiness of the lake has melted and expanded causing the pressure to force it through the ice. Making a spectacular gory looking waterfall which as far as we know is totally unique to the planet.
There is still much to be learned about the blood falls and the underwater lake that feeds it. For now you can visit the site of the falls and it is anticipated that they will continue to flow for many years to come.
If you would like to know what the experts have explained in more details then please visit the link below.
Strange Truth Behind The Mystery Of Antarctica Blood Falls Finally Explained
Source: National Geographic