The Russian navy have confirmed spotting five new islands in the Arctic archipelago of Novaya Zemlya. These islands had previously been hidden by glaciers which had now melted.
According to The Guardian, Vice Admiral Alexander Moiseyev told a press conference in Moscow this discovery was mainly because of the changing ice situation.
“Before these were glaciers; we thought they were (part of) the main glacier. Melting, collapse and temperature changes led to these islands being uncovered,” he said.
Each of these islands is yet to be named but Moiseyev said they would be after the proposed names are discussed.
According to Science Alert, these findings were first announced in August but they had actually been spotted by student engineer Marina Migunova in 2016, when she was looking at these unknown land masses in satellite imagery.
Last month, a United Nations report on climate change included statistics on glacier loss, indicating that 2015 to 2019 saw more glaciers melting than in any other five-year period on record.
Russia have recently increased their presence in the Arctic as the changing landscape opens up opportunities for the country to create new possible shipping routes through the area.
Image: NASA Earth Observatory