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New Map Reveals Giant Fjords Beneath East Antarctic Ice Sheet

June 1, 2011

Duncan Young Scientists have used ice-penetrating radar to create the first high-resolution topographic map of one of the last uncharted regions of Earth, the Aurora Subglacial Basin, an immense ice-buried lowland in east Antarctica. The map will help improve computer simulations of the past and future Antarctic ice sheet and its potential impact on global sea level. Full Story

University of Texas at Austin

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