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Researchers find the first crater under the earth's continental ice sheet

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – A team from around the world, including a researcher from the UAF Geophysical Institute, discovered a new…

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – A team from around the world, including a researcher from the UAF Geophysical Institute, discovered a new battlefield. This is the first time that a crater of any size has been found under the earth’s continental ice sheet. The war crimes were discovered in a remote area in northwestern Greenland and are among the 25 largest found on the planet so far. Buried for about 3,000 feet of ice, the crater extends almost 19 miles above.

Mark Fahnestock is a research professor at UAF. For almost two decades, Fahnstock has studied radar maps on the ground under Greenland ice. It was not until 2015 when he, together with colleagues from NASA and the Natural History Museum in Denmark, verified the discovery.

“We have enough evidence that it is a battlefield and we know it’s quite big and we know that the ice has not deleted its expression. We have the impression that it’s quite young, but we do not know an exact age but it’s more work to do. We do not know everything about the planet we live on and you remind it when you’re involved in figuring out something like this jigsaw puzzle, “he said.

Researchers are still working to obviously hide the effects. The crater can be as old as the last ice age, which was about 12,000 years ago.

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