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Antarctic ice melts into hidden ‘Grand Canyon’

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Antarctic ice melts into hidden ‘Grand Canyon’


A mile-deep rift valley that could rival the dramatic chasms of America’s Grand Canyon has been found hiding beneath the ice in West Antarctica. UK scientists behind the discovery believe it is contributing to ice loss.

­The steep walls of the Ferrigno Rift plunge nearly 1.5 kilometers down at its deepest point. Being about 10 kilometers across and at least 100 kilometers long, it probably goes all the way to the sea.

A joint team from the University of Aberdeen and the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge discovered the canyon in the course of an exhausting 2,400-kilometer trek through the region that had only been visited once previously, in 1961..... MORE
SourceRT.com

URL: http://www.rt.com/news/antarctic-ice-canyon-warming-080/

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