Edinburgh University researchers discovered more than ninety unknown volcanoes under the western coast of Antarctica.
Cone shaped structures, assumed to be volcanoes line the areas. The survey involved reviewing the ice sheet for hidden basalt rock. Something is resembling rock you might see in volcanoes from this region. It also analyzed previous measurements using radar from both air and land vehicles.
Satellites, database records, and the geological information are part of the research. However, the main clues are cone shaped structures the research team assumes to be volcanoes. These are what the team is specifically seeking.
Edinburgh’s mapping and study of surface rocks include calculated mountains shaped by ice sheets for millions of years. They want to understand how continuing climate changes could affect sea levels.
The team also suspects a more dense region in Antarctica, than where East Africa’s Nyiragongo, Kilimanjaro, and Longonot are located.
Additionally, more numerous volcanoes could be underneath the Ross ice shelf. If these volcanoes were active, eruptions could melt the ice and cause more destabilizing of Antarctic sheets. Much like we have seen recently with the Larsen shelf.
The team doesn’t know if there is current volcanic activity.
According to the map and current research, volcanoes line the west coast of the continent. They are also underneath where the Larsen shelf resides. Active volcanoes could be an explanation for the Larsen shelf breaking off. Several icebergs have broken from the area as it continues to be monitored.
If that is true than heat will evaporate any additional water resulting from the melting of the iceberg from magma and other heat emanating from under the earth’s surface.
From this, we can theorize that global warming might not be the cause of icy avalanches and cracks in the glaciers. It’s plausible the warming is coming from inside the earth.
Meanwhile, lost ice and glaciers indicate volcanos in the area. Iceland and Alaska are two examples of places that have lost ice coverings after the end of the last ice age.
The release of pressure from the volcanoes might cause them to activate.
The entire area of Antarctica presumed to house the volcanos, the Larsen ice shelf and Ross ice shelf are congruous. They would each impact the other.