The long-lost continents under the Antarctic revealed old satellite data

The long-lost continents under the Antarctic revealed old satellite data

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Among the million square kilometers of the Antarctic, under the snow, which are thousands of feet thick, are earth and rock like any other continent. Scientists say today they have discovered under Antarctica a collection of hidden continents left over millions of years ago.

The researchers from Kiel University in Germany and the British Antarctic Survey who made this surprising find relied on data from the European Space Agency's GOCE satellite. GOCE was a simple satellite that measured the impact of Earth's orbit on its orbit. By accurately measuring Earth's gravity, the scientists were able to draw a clear picture of the structure and composition of the planet below the surface.

"These gravitational images are revolutionizing our ability to study the least understood continent of the world, the Antarctic," study author Fausto Ferraccioli said in a press release.

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