A Volcano Beneath the Ice

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Researchers discover a newly forming volcano underneath the western Antartica ice sheet.

    Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis have discovered a volcano beneath a kilometer of ice in western Antarctica.  The team was using seismographs to detect far-off earthquake disturbances in order to map the land beneath the ice.  Two bursts of seismic events let them know something was up.  After more study, they determine those bursts came from a newly forming volcano.  They say evidence hints that an eruption is on the way that could open the gates for water and ice to pour out of that region.  Also, the new volcano could increase the rate of ice loss from one of the region’s primary ice streams.