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2009-06-03 17:25:00

New research by scientists in Britain and China reveals evidence of how the East Antarctic ice sheet initially formed. The work provides a snapshot of terrain that has lain hidden miles beneath the ice for millions of years, when rivers ran through mountain valleys that were oddly similar to the modern European Alps. The scientists used radar to map an area of the Gamburtsev mountains, believed to be where the ice originated. The region would have been cold enough to support the...

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2009-02-24 12:40:00

Scientists said on Tuesday that Antarctica's ice is covering up jagged mountains the size of the Alps, providing new clues about the vast ice sheet that will raise world sea levels if even a fraction of it melts, Reuters reported. First detected by Russian scientists 50 years ago at the heart of the East Antarctic ice sheet using radar and gravity sensors, the experts made the first detailed maps of the Gamburtsev subglacial mountains. Fausto Ferraccioli, a geophysicist at the British...

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2008-10-15 11:35:00

Researchers are preparing to explore an Antarctic mountain range that has never been seen before. The Gamburtsevs match the Alps in scale but no one has ever seen them because they are covered by up to 4km of ice. Now, researchers plan to use aircraft and seismic studies to map the mountain range. The U.S.-led multinational team of scientists from six nations is setting out on this deep-field survey to discover how such a massif could have formed and persisted in the middle of Antarctica....

2008-02-13 09:03:44

A new robotic observatory at the highest point of the Antarctic Plateau will continuously survey the skies on its own for almost a year. The coldest and driest place on Earth makes an ideal location for stargazing without much in the way of clouds or bad weather — not to mention Antarctica's four months of complete darkness. "We're taking 10-second exposures of the sky for four months," said Lifan Wang, a Texas A&M astrophysicist who compared the hoped-for final results...

2008-02-13 03:50:00

A new robotic observatory at the highest point of the Antarctic Plateau will continuously survey the skies on its own for almost a year. The coldest and driest place on Earth makes an ideal location for stargazing without much in the way of clouds or bad weather "” not to mention Antarctica's four months of complete darkness. "We're taking 10-second exposures of the sky for four months," said Lifan Wang, a Texas A&M astrophysicist who compared the hoped-for final results with "a...

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2008-02-01 16:25:00

A team of scientists representing six international institutions, including Texas A&M University, has succeeded in reaching the summit of Antarctica "“ also a monumental achievement for ground-based astronomy -- to establish a new astronomical observatory at Dome Argus on the highest point of the Antarctic Plateau. Two weeks after arriving Jan. 11 at "Dome A" for only the second time in history, an expedition team led by the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) has completed...


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