An historic Antarctica New Zealand site is likely to be submerged this summer due to climate changes causing lake levels to rise in the McMurdo Dry Valleys.
Lake Vanda, which sits in one of the valleys, has been important to New Zealand’s Antarctic programme for a long time. In the late 1960s a summer station was established for research on its shore.
When the station was built the level of Lake Vanda was about 12m lower than now.
This year was likely to be the year when the last part of the station would go under water.
Glacier melt had increased over the last 100 years, which has led to this steady and consistent rise of the level of Lake Vanda.