Origin of Antarctic ice revealed

Published on June 4th, 2009 | by Admin


Scientists have been able to pinpoint the location where the first Anarctic ice sheet formed, 14 million years ago, in the Gamburtsev mountains.

Dr Sun’s team then attached radar equipment to the tractor and drove around, meticulously surveying a 30km by 30km square of the glacial region.

Their radar revealed a landscape that, 14 million years ago, looked similar to the European Alps.

“This is true scientific exploration,” said Martin Siegert, head of the school of geosciences at Edinburgh University, who was also involved in the study.

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