Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 16, 379–395, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-379-2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 379–395, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-379-2022

Research article 02 Feb 2022

Research article | 02 Feb 2022

Radar sounding survey over Devon Ice Cap indicates the potential for a diverse hypersaline subglacial hydrological environment

Anja Rutishauser et al.

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Recently, a hypersaline subglacial lake complex was hypothesized to lie beneath Devon Ice Cap, Canadian Arctic. Here, we present results from a follow-on targeted aerogeophysical survey. Our results support the evidence for a hypersaline subglacial lake and reveal an extensive brine network, suggesting more complex subglacial hydrological conditions than previously inferred. This hypersaline system may host microbial habitats, making it a compelling analog for bines on other icy worlds.