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A mountain range as large as the Alps, that you will never see
« on: November 17, 2011, 10:28:31 pm »
I'd heard about this particular range before, but the graphic below just puts into perspective...well, everything

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15749757

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Scientists say they can now explain the existence of what are perhaps Earth's most extraordinary mountains.

The Gamburtsevs are the size of the European Alps and yet they are totally buried beneath the Antarctic ice.

Their discovery in the 1950s was a major surprise. Most people had assumed the rock bed deep within the continent would be flat and featureless.

Survey data now suggests the range first formed over a billion years ago, researchers tell the journal Nature.

The Gamburtsevs are important because they are thought to be the location where the ice sheet we know today initiated its march across Antarctica.

Unravelling the mountains' history will therefore inform climate studies, helping scientists to understand not just past changes on Earth but possible future scenarios as well.

They're below 3200 meters of ice!

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Re: A mountain range as large as the Alps, that you will never see
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2011, 10:55:00 pm »
So awesome! 
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Re: A mountain range as large as the Alps, that you will never see
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2011, 11:01:33 pm »
Wow, that's cool!
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Re: A mountain range as large as the Alps, that you will never see
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2011, 11:34:40 pm »
Am I the only one reminded of the plot of At the Mountains of Madness by this article?
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Re: A mountain range as large as the Alps, that you will never see
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2011, 12:37:40 am »
No i thought of that too
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Re: A mountain range as large as the Alps, that you will never see
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2011, 02:25:58 am »
Am I the only one reminded of the plot of At the Mountains of Madness by this article?

Yyyyep. :lol: Apparently that story actually takes place after extensive global warming.

Thanks for the link, Cain; this is relevant to my interests.

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Re: A mountain range as large as the Alps, that you will never see
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2011, 12:28:55 pm »
Ohyeah. Lake Vostok is badass.
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