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New Undersea Images Challenge Prevailing Ideas About the Antarctic Ice Sheet
June 28, 2007
Using echo-sounding equipment to create images and maps of areas below the ocean floor, researchers have begun to unravel a new story about the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Images of areas below the Eastern Ross Sea, next to West Antarctica, provide evidence that the subcontinent was involved in the general growth of the Antarctic Ice Sheet as it formed many millions of years ago. The National Science Foundation provided funding for the project.
University of California, Santa Barbara
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