Antarctica: we travel to the deepest place on Earth

A team of researchers from the University of California, through the ‘BedMachine Antartica’ project, has discovered that the Denman Glacier in Antarctica hides a large 3,500-meter pit below sea level.

If there is a place on the planet that is really unknown to us, due to the limited possibilities of analyzing and studying it, it is Antarctica. It is, without doubt, the most inhospitable continent for the human being, despite being the fourth largest on Earth.

The surface of Antarctica is 98 percent formed by ice and the life that lives there, such as whales or penguins, is thanks to the ocean surrounding this place. In total, this hostile territory is home to 4,500 kilometers in diameter and 80 percent of fresh water worldwide.

Despite the deep interest aroused by its origin, its composition and its capacity to house life, few have been the missions that have entered Antarctica because of the difficulty it poses. But all this may be about to change.

New discovery in the Denman glacier
A team of researchers from the University of California, through the ‘BedMachine Antartica’ project, has discovered that the Denman Glacier in Antarctica hides a large 3,500-meter pit below sea level. This unusual fact makes this canyon the deepest point on our planet.

Until now, on Earth, the deepest place on Earth was 413 meters deep below sea level in the Jordan Valley (Dead Sea). Now this new discovery, published in the specialized journal Nature, causes a 180 degree turn in research.

“This is undoubtedly the most accurate map achieved so far of what lies beneath the Antarctic ice sheet,” said Mathieu Morlighem, a professor in the Department of Earth Systems Science at the University of California and one of the team members.

Deepest canyon
These new data provided by the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and the Polar Geospatial have been disclosed by NASA through a video showing the surface of this continent and the layers that are under the ice thanks to seismic measurements and radar

“There have been many attempts to probe the Denman Glacier, but every time they flew over the canyon, they failed to see it on radar data,” Professor Morlighem added. Therefore, we could be talking about the deepest canyon in the earth’s surface, since in the oceans they are deeper as is the case with the Mariana Trench.

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