Hidden volcanoes melt Antarctic glaciers from below, study finds

June 9, 2014 11:51 PM

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Hidden volcanoes melt Antarctic glaciers from below, study finds

Antarctica is a land of ice. But dive below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and you'll find fire as well, in the form of subglacial volcanoes.

Now, a new study finds that these subglacial volcanoes and other geothermal "hotspots" are contributing to the melting of Thwaites Glacier, a major river of ice that flows into Antarctica's Pine Island Bay. Areas of the glacier that sit near geologic features thought to be volcanic are melting faste...

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