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Ghost mountains mystery solved

Posted on Friday, 18 November, 2011 | Comment icon 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."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by encouraged on 17 November, 2011, 15:29
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 on 17 November, 2011, 15:40
very interesting article but 'ghost mountains'?? not the word i would use to describe them
Comment icon #3 Posted by phatmanxxl on 18 November, 2011, 13:39
Underwater terrain is a more appropriate word.
Comment icon #4 Posted by skookum on 18 November, 2011, 13:49
Underwater terrain is a more appropriate word. Now that doesn't sound as exciting now does it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Cryptozological Mascot on 18 November, 2011, 15:28
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 on 18 November, 2011, 17:31
is that like witch mountain
Comment icon #7 Posted by ~C.S.M~ on 18 November, 2011, 18:46
im thinking of H.P.Lovecraft's Mountains of madness....
Comment icon #8 Posted by Timonthy on 18 November, 2011, 22:29
Oh, underground mountains.
Comment icon #9 Posted by tapirmusic on 19 November, 2011, 0:46
'Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!'
Comment icon #10 Posted by Bobby Digital on 20 November, 2011, 9:17
Pretty sure there are live dinosaurs down there, along with reptoids... and Brendan Fraser.

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