Subglacial mountains mapped by scientists 2.5 miles under iceA mountain range as large as the European Alps is hidden under 2.5 miles of ice in the east of Antarctica, scientists have revealed. The range includes peaks up to 3,000m above sea level and raises questions over how the massive ice sheets on the continent formed.The subglacial mountains were first detected by Russian researchers more than 50 years ago and are named after a Soviet geophysicist, Grigoriy Gamburtsev. But, despite a small survey carried out in the 1970s, the size and shape of the Gamburtsev mountain range has remained a mystery."When we went out to the ice, we knew there was a potentially elevated region there, but we had no idea what it looked like," said Fausto Ferraccioli, a geophysicist at the British Antarctic Survey who led the UK team within the international mapping project. "We now see that...
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