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Scientists discover 'Grand Canyon' of Antarctica buried deep in ice ~ #mongabay

Scientists discover 'Grand Canyon' of Antarctica buried deep in ice ~ #mongabay

Field camp on Ferrigno Ice Stream. Courtesy of the University of Aberdeen British researchers have discovered a one mile deep rift valley hidden beneath the icy surface of West Antarctica, according to research published this week in Nature . The canyon may be hastening ice loss in the region. Scientists from the University of Aberdeen and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) made the discovery below Ferrigno Ice Stream, an extremely remote area that has been visited only once previously. They used ice-penetrating radar to map the valley. Site of the rift valley (marked with black box, within the red box). "What we found is that lying beneath the ice there is a large valley, parts of which are approximately a mile deeper than the surrounding landscape," explained Robert Bingham, a glaciologist at the University of Aberdeen, in a statement. "If you stripped away all of the ice he...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0727-grand-canyon-antarctic...

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