New NASA images reveal the "terrifying" effect of the record heat wave on Antarctica.
The temperature in the Antarctic rose to 18.3 degrees Celsius, two weeks ago, which is the historically highest degree in the Antarctic.
And NASA released shocking images from space, showing the clear melting of ice on the continent, and the formation of water lakes above the ice caps, due to the increasing melting of snow, according to the site "Weiss".
Snapshots taken from NASA's Landsat 8 satellite reveal the spread of green spots on the surface of Eagle Island, an island at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.
The island is located about 40 km from the Esperanza base, where a record temperature was recorded.
As the temperatures continued to warm, the island's ice sheet rapidly retreated, and meltwater gathered in pools covering an area of about 2.6 square kilometers.
The heat wave removed 10 centimeters from the surface of the snow, and NASA estimates that this heat wave has melted 20 percent of the total seasonal snow accumulation on Eagle Island.
"I have not seen melting ponds evolving rapidly in Antarctica like this ... we see these types of accelerated melting in Alaska and Greenland, but not usually in South Pole."
Although this event is not considered a regular event, scientists expect this event to become more frequent due to climatic changes taking place in the world.