Blood Falls – literally, “waterfalls of blood” – are an iron oxide flow on the margins of Taylor Glacier, in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Victoria Land, East Antarctica.
Iron-containing hypersaline water sporadically escapes through small cracks in the ice cascade. The source of the brine is a subglacial lake of unknown size, overlain by approximately 400 meters of ice, several kilometers from the small outlet at Blood Falls.
The reddish deposit was found in 1911 by the Australian geologist Griffith Taylor, a participant in the Terra Nova expedition.The site was designated in 2012 as Antarctic Specially Protected Area ASPA 172 Lower Taylor Glacier and Sangre Falls, Taylor Valley, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Victoria Land, under United States nomination and conservation.
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