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What Antarctica Looks Like Under All That Ice

Jill Harness

As a child, you're taught that the South Pole sits on a continent—and the North Pole doesn't—because Antarctica has land underneath it. While you may grow to accept this distinction, it's still hard to imagine the frozen continent as anything but a giant sheet of ice.

But if you've always wondered what the land underneath all that ice actually looks like, science has finally uncovered an answer, giving the most revealing view yet of the land mass that forms the continent. Because all we see in pictures and maps is a big white shelf of ice, it seems amazing to see just how many mountain ranges British Antarctic Survey has discovered underneath.