Hidden mountains make up Antarctica’s true terrain
(Image: British Antarctic Survey/BEDMAP consortium)
Antarctica is hiding something. It may look like a fairly flat, snow-covered wasteland, but the BEDMAP project has pulled back the ice sheet to reveal the mountainous bed topography of the continent underneath.
Only one per cent of this concealed rock makes its way to the surface of the frozen terrain. Although some of these mountains are as tall as the European Alps, reaching 3000 metres above sea level, they’re still obscured by 1000 metres of ice.