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Antarctica is covered in volcanoes, could they erupt?


Still Waters

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Antarctica is perhaps best known for its endless expanse of ice and snow. But what many people don't realize is that hiding beneath its frosty facade are dozens of volcanoes.

In fact, under the continent's massive western ice sheet sits what is considered the largest volcanic region on Earth, with as many as 138 volcanoes. Of those volcanoes, 91 were first discovered as part of a 2017 study published in the journal Geological Society.

So, could any of Antarctica’s volcanoes erupt on the southernmost continent? For geologists, this question is both easy and hard, depending on the volcano.

https://www.livescience.com/planet-earth/volcanos/antarctica-is-covered-in-volcanoes-could-they-erupt

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2 hours ago, Still Waters said:

In fact, under the continent's massive western ice sheet sits what is considered the largest volcanic region on Earth, with as many as 138 volcanoes.

No.

The Cascades Volcanic Arc has more than 2000 volcanoes, and that's just off the top of my head.

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2 hours ago, Still Waters said:

Antarctica is perhaps best known for its endless expanse of ice and snow. But what many people don't realize is that hiding beneath its frosty facade are dozens of volcanoes.

In fact, under the continent's massive western ice sheet sits what is considered the largest volcanic region on Earth, with as many as 138 volcanoes. Of those volcanoes, 91 were first discovered as part of a 2017 study published in the journal Geological Society.

So, could any of Antarctica’s volcanoes erupt on the southernmost continent? For geologists, this question is both easy and hard, depending on the volcano.

https://www.livescience.com/planet-earth/volcanos/antarctica-is-covered-in-volcanoes-could-they-erupt

If Antarctica loses much of its ice sheet, isostatic rebound -  or whatever it is called nowadays - will trigger heavy earthquakes and, no doubt, wake up long dorming volcanos.

 

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