Scientists have discovered the largest volcanoes under West Antarctica on Monday.Researchers from the University of Edinburgh announced the discovery of 91 previously unknown volcanoes with the highest as tall as the Eiger, which stands at most 4,000 meters in Switzerland.
According to Geologists, this huge region is likely to dwarf that of east Africa’s volcanic ridge, currently rated the thickest concentration of volcanoes in the world.The Volcanic explosion could melt the ice from beneath and drastically destabilize it but may not reach the surface.
All that we know is the study discovered by an undergraduate student, Vries, who is still a year away from attaining his geology degree from the Scottish university. He stated that there are more volcanoes which we have not found yet and all the unknown volcanoes are relatively young.
Explorers have already discovered a few dozen Antarctic Volcanoes, such as Mount Erebus, which holds a lake of glowing lava on an island off the coast. But according to data like ice-penetrating radar, and other modern methods of exploration seismic studies, collected by them, the Edinburgh team derived the shapes of nearly 200 cones.
However, Vries is not sure. Still, he warned that it is a region that has potential to be unbalanced. It’s started to melt, and we can’t stop it-study suggests. He doubted that a little blast of liquid rock would do much damage to a massive Antarctica ice sheet.