The Russian Navy reported finding five new islands in the Arctic region. As the discoverers explain, they could have found the still unnamed territories as a result of the melting of the glacier.
The discovery was made by an expedition that went to the North Pole at the turn of August and September. Information about the islands was provided to the media by the head of the Northern Fleet, Vice Admiral Alexander Moiseyev. – Mainly, of course, this is caused by changes in the ice – he explained at a press conference. – We’ve dealt with glaciers before. We thought they were part of the main glacier. Melting, collapse and temperature changes led to the exposure of these islands – he said.
As the latest UN report on the matter warned, Arctic glacier decline from 2015 to 2019 was greater than in any previous five-year period during which studies were conducted. Due to rising temperatures, in recent years Russia has created a complex of military and scientific facilities in this region. The melting of glaciers enabled the creation of new sea connections and the exploration of further natural resources.