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Volcano discovered smoldering under a kilometer of ice in West Antarctica


November 17, 2013

Mount Sidley A temporary seismic array in Marie Byrd Land in West Antarctica recorded two bursts of activity in 2010 and 2011. Careful analysis of the events shows they originated from a subglacial volcano at the leading end of a volcanic mountain chain. The volcano is unlikely to erupt through the kilometer of ice that covers it but it will melt enough ice to change the way the ice in its vicinity flows. Full Story

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Washington University in St. Louis

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