Posted on Friday, 18 November, 2011 | 10 comments| News tip by: Still Waters
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."