Volcano discovered under West Antarctic ice shelf

New volcanic activity has been discovered under the ice shelf of West Antarctica.

In January 2010, scientists set up two crossing lines of seismographs across Marie Byrd Land in West Antarctica.

Two bursts of seismic events were documented between January 2010 and March 2011. On closer examination, scientists found that a new volcano was forming a kilometre beneath the ice shelf.

In the case of an eruption, the heat from the volcano may increase the loss of ice in the MacAyeal Ice Stream, one of the continent’s major ice streams.

Read more at Washington University in St Louis

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