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Ghost mountains mystery solved

By T.K. Randall
November 18, 2011 · Comment icon 10 comments

Image Credit: Calee Allen / NOAA
Scientists believe they are now able to explain the vast mountain range beneath the Antarctic ice.
Discovered in the 1950s, the Gamburtsevs are a huge range of mountains the size of the European Alps that exist deep below the surface of the ice sheet in Antarctica. It is now thought that the mountains formed almost 1 billion years ago, scientists hope that studying them will reveal clues about the planet's climate in the distant past.
Scientists say they can now explain the existence of what are perhaps Earth's most extraordinary mountains.

Source: BBC News | Comments (10)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by encouraged 11 years ago
Note: "Ghost" as in the since of "unknown" as in "ghost writer", rather than "ghost" in the sense of "disembodied soul".
Comment icon #2 Posted by JGirl 11 years ago
very interesting article but 'ghost mountains'?? not the word i would use to describe them
Comment icon #3 Posted by phatmanxxl 11 years ago
Underwater terrain is a more appropriate word.
Comment icon #4 Posted by skookum 11 years ago
Underwater terrain is a more appropriate word. Now that doesn't sound as exciting now does it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Cryptozological Mascot 11 years ago
Oh anyone who's read Graham Hancock already knows about this... as if it were a mystery to modern man how mountains were formed...
Comment icon #6 Posted by bpl 11 years ago
is that like witch mountain
Comment icon #7 Posted by ~C.S.M~ 11 years ago
im thinking of H.P.Lovecraft's Mountains of madness....
Comment icon #8 Posted by Timonthy 11 years ago
Oh, underground mountains.
Comment icon #9 Posted by tapirmusic 11 years ago
'Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!'
Comment icon #10 Posted by Bobby Digital 11 years ago
Pretty sure there are live dinosaurs down there, along with reptoids... and Brendan Fraser.

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