April 19, 2017 | Amy, Exhibition Developer, Science Museum

We're much better than we used to be at predicting the effects of climate change, but nature is still full of surprises.

Scientists went to study a river in Canada, only to find that it wasn't really there any more. The glacier that fed the river is melting because of climate change. This caused a new channel to form and shifted the whole river and lake system in the area.

The process occurs naturally - normally it takes hundreds of years, but in this case it happened in just a few months.

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River bed

Water from one river being 'taken' by another is called river piracy.

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Image: Flickr/Jim Best/University of Illinois

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