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Hidden Rift Valley Discovered Beneath West Antarctica

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posted on Jul, 25 2012 @ 06:32 PM
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Experts from the University of Aberdeen and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) made the discovery below Ferrigno Ice Stream, a region visited only once previously, over fifty years ago, in 1961, and one that is remote even by Antarctic standards

The team gathered the data using an ice-penetrating radar system towed behind a skidoo driven across the relatively flat ice surface, over a distance of 1500 miles -- greater than that between London and Athens. Dr Bingham continued: "What we found is that lying beneath the ice there is a large valley, parts of which are approximately a mile deeper than the surrounding landscape. "If you stripped away all of the ice here today, you'd see a feature every bit as dramatic as the huge rift valleys you see in Africa and in size as significant as the Grand Canyon.


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posted on Jul, 25 2012 @ 06:43 PM
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We may be seeing it without ice soon! Still not going to be told what the Lake vasik anomaly way but maybe it set them to searching for more stuff!



posted on Jul, 25 2012 @ 06:55 PM
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Neat. There is so much that we (the masses) don't know about Antarctica, Maybe someday,,,



posted on Jul, 25 2012 @ 07:14 PM
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Originally posted by coyotepoet
Neat. There is so much that we (the masses) don't know about Antarctica, Maybe someday,,,


Who's to say under all that ice we don't find evidence of a lost ancient civilization? Maybe even remains of what was once a city or two? I mean, if there really is that huge of a valley under the ice, it's safe to say they don't really know what is in that valley and have no way of knowing, yet at least.


Perfectly plausible. At one time in earth's history, Antarctica did not have ice.



posted on Jul, 25 2012 @ 07:20 PM
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Originally posted by Char-Lee
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We may be seeing it without ice soon! Still not going to be told what the Lake vasik anomaly way but maybe it set them to searching for more stuff!

We can only Pray........
Second line, same as the first........



posted on Jul, 25 2012 @ 07:40 PM
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Problem is, with the way the ice/glaciers destroy and carve through the rock beneath it, it may have crushed anything there into sand wiping away all evidence of any previous inhabitants/civilisations.




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