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Active volcano discovered in Antarctica


Posted on Tuesday, 19 November, 2013 | Comment icon 4 comments

The volcano is deep down below the ice. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Eli Duke
Researchers have uncovered an active volcano deep below the thick Antarctic ice sheet.
The discovery represents the first time active volcanism has been detected below the ice sheet away from the Antarctic coast. It was found by a team undertaking a project intended to learn more about the structure of the Earth's mantle.

"This is really the golden age of discovery of the Antarctic continent," said seismologist Richard Aster who co-authored the study. "I think there's no question that there are more volcanic surprises beneath the ice."

The researchers first became aware that something was going on due to the detection of two earthquakes which turned out to be nearly identical to quakes from active volcanoes in Alaska and Washington.

While the team have yet to observe an actual eruption taking place, the discovery of a large bulge under the ice in the region indicates that the volcano had blasted out lava at some point in the past.

Source: Fox News | Comments (4)

Tags: Antarctica, Volcano


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer on 19 November, 2013, 12:48
At least it sounds like the scientists aren't blaming "Global warming", OOPS I mean climate change for the actvity. I always wonder, any time a volcano blows does this mean the Earth is shrinking or will the core eventually just be hollow in a few million years?
Comment icon #2 Posted by aidaubmeg459 on 19 November, 2013, 12:58
well since every fault on earth has one sheet going down into the mantle and melting and the other sheet going up into mountains id say probly not
Comment icon #3 Posted by highdesert50 on 20 November, 2013, 14:06
Wondering if the past eruption would have caused a significant ice cap melt and temporary climate change ... perhaps enough to trigger the event described as The Great Flood.


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