Alps-Size Mountain Range Found Under Antarctic Ice

An artist's rendering of the Antarctica Gamburstev Province (AGAP) project. (Credit: Zina Deretsky / NSF)

An artist's rendering of the Antarctica Gamburstev Province (AGAP) project. (Credit: Zina Deretsky / NSF)

Using a small plane to fly over the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, scientists recently discovered a massive mountain range, similar in size and height to the Alps.  Named the Gamburtsev Range, this mountain range came as a surprise to scientists, who had predicted a flat, plateau-like area under the ice.  The Gamburtsev Range suggests that the ice sheet was formed quickly because a slow formation would have ground down the peaks.

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