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Antarctica is owned by no one, but there are plenty of countries interested in this frozen island continent at the bottom of the Earth.

While there are some regulations on who can do what there, scientific research has no definition in Antarctic law. So any research by a country conducted in or about Antarctica can be interpreted as legitimate Antarctic science.

In 1908, Ernest Shackleton's legendary Nimrod team was making its way toward the South Pole when the men were startled by something unexpected: The sound of liquid water, roaring across the frozen wasteland toward the sea. One hundred and nine years later, scientists can confirm that this sound, described by one early explorer as "odd after the usual Antarctic silence" was not a trick of the mens' imaginations, nor was it a fluke. Hundreds of individual waterways gush across our planet's ice-covered continent in the summertime, and they have been doing so for decades.