A sub-glacial canyon that is nearly two miles deep, 200 miles long and 15 miles wide has been discovered buried under “several kilometers of ice”, according to a new study published by a group of British scientists. The canyon/huge hole is buried under snow and ice and proportions are larger than even The Grand Canyon.
Dr. Neil Ross, a professor of geology at Newcastle University, lead and announced the discovery after collecting three seasons worth of data. The study appears in the latest edition of The Geological Society of America bulletin. According to Dr. Ross…
The discovery of this huge trough, and the characterization of the surrounding mountainous landscape, was incredibly serendipitous.”
The discovery came as Ross and a team of scientists and researchers from the British Antarctic Survey, the British Antarctic Survey, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Exeter, and the University of York spent three seasons mapping an ancient sub-glacial mountain range known as the Ellsworth Sub-glacial Highlands.
Ice-penetrating radars towed behind small aircrafts and snowmobiles were used to collect research and to map the hidden terrain.
We had acquired ice penetrating radar data from both ends of this huge hidden valley, but we had no information to tell us what was in between. Satellite data was used to fill the gap, because despite being covered beneath several kilometers of ice, the valley is so vast that it can be seen from space.” -said Dr. Ross
According to the team that made the discovery, the valley was formed millions of years ago by a small ice field similar to those of the present-day Antarctic Peninsula.
To me, this (discovery) just goes to demonstrate how little we still know about the surface of our own planet.” –Dr. Ross’ final statement on the discovery
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