University of York scientists discover Antarctic’s ‘Grand Canyon’

University of York scientists have discovered a giant trench in Antarctica. Pictures: Neil Ross

Scientists set up camp on Antarctica.

Dr David Rippin, of the environment department at the University of York

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by

SCIENTISTS from the University of York have helped discover a giant trench deeper than the Grand Canyon under the Antarctic ice.

Researchers from York worked with colleagues from Newcastle University, the University of Bristol’s glaciology centre, the British Antarctic Survey and the universities of Edinburgh and Exeter.

They charted the Ellsworth Subglacial Highlands – an ancient mountain range buried beneath several kilometres of Antarctic ice – by combining data from satellites and ice-penetrating radars towed behind skidoos and on-board small aircraft.

The researchers spent three seasons investigating and mapping the region in West Antarctica, uncovering a massive subglacial valley up to three kilometres deep, more than 300 kilometres long and up to 25 kilometres across.

“In places, the floor of this valley is more than 2000 metres below sea level.

Dr David Rippin, senior lecturer in the environment department at York said: “We almost discovered this trough by accident, when ice penetrating radar surveys we were carrying out in the region revealed both ends of this enormous valley.

“We didn’t have any radar data from its central portion, but when we looked at satellite imagery, we saw a clear manifestation of what lies beneath.

“This trough is so vast, that even though it is buried by several kilometres of ice, we can still see its impact on the ice surface from space.

“The subglacial landscape shows where and how the West Antarctic Ice Sheet originated and grew.

“It also provides important clues about the size and shape of the ice sheet in West Antarctica in a warmer global climate.”

The mountain range and deep valley were carved millions of years ago by a small icefield similar to those of the present-day Antarctic peninsula, or those of Arctic Canada and Alaska.

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11:38am Thu 16 Jan 14

Dave Ruddock says...

University of York scientists discover Antarctic’s ‘Grand Canyon’ great headline, then in the fiollowing paragraph, its most on the UK univercities, comeone get headlines right York was (ONLY PART) of a much lager team...
University of York scientists discover Antarctic’s ‘Grand Canyon’ great headline, then in the fiollowing paragraph, its most on the UK univercities, comeone get headlines right York was (ONLY PART) of a much lager team... Dave Ruddock
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7:24pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Bigwood says...

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The Bible in Genesis 1:6 teaches that there was water above the sky. This condition doesn’t exist today because that water fell upon the earth during the great Noahic flood.

The water above the sky would have had a greenhouse effect so that the temperature around the globe would have been uniform and tropical, even at the North and South poles.

During the time of the Genesis flood, the Bible describes that the water above the sky fell and great amounts of water from under the earth broke through the surface. The violent combination of these forces produced the fossil layers and great canyons.

Because there was no longer the thermal protection from waters that existed above the sky, the Polar Regions became instantly frozen. There are frozen mammoths discovered with undigested food still in their stomachs. Obviously, these great creatures were frozen instantly.

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*I have given successful lectures (with question and answer period afterwards) defending creation before evolutionist science faculty and students at various colleges and universities. I've been privileged to be recognized in the 24th edition of Marquis "Who's Who in The East" for my writings on religion and science.
''Author of the popular Internet article, TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF HELL EVOLVED FROM GREEK ROOTS''

I misread that last bit as TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF HELL EVOLVED FROM GREEK ROBOTS - To be fair, I think that would make more sense.
[quote][p][bold]bgrnathan[/bold] wrote: THE WHOLE EARTH AT ONE TIME HAD A UNIFORM TEMPERATURE AND CLIMATE The Bible in Genesis 1:6 teaches that there was water above the sky. This condition doesn’t exist today because that water fell upon the earth during the great Noahic flood. The water above the sky would have had a greenhouse effect so that the temperature around the globe would have been uniform and tropical, even at the North and South poles. During the time of the Genesis flood, the Bible describes that the water above the sky fell and great amounts of water from under the earth broke through the surface. The violent combination of these forces produced the fossil layers and great canyons. Because there was no longer the thermal protection from waters that existed above the sky, the Polar Regions became instantly frozen. There are frozen mammoths discovered with undigested food still in their stomachs. Obviously, these great creatures were frozen instantly. Please read my popular Internet article, ARE FOSSILS REALLY MILLIONS OF YEARS OLD? Evolutionary dating methods are not infallible and far from accurate. Check out my popular Internet site, THE SCIENCE SUPPORTING CREATION Sincerely, Babu G. Ranganathan* (B.A. Bible/Biology) Author of the popular Internet article, TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF HELL EVOLVED FROM GREEK ROOTS *I have given successful lectures (with question and answer period afterwards) defending creation before evolutionist science faculty and students at various colleges and universities. I've been privileged to be recognized in the 24th edition of Marquis "Who's Who in The East" for my writings on religion and science.[/p][/quote]''Author of the popular Internet article, TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF HELL EVOLVED FROM GREEK ROOTS'' I misread that last bit as TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF HELL EVOLVED FROM GREEK ROBOTS - To be fair, I think that would make more sense. Bigwood
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7:49pm Thu 16 Jan 14

CHISSY1 says...

Thank you.A lot more interesting than reading about Lendal Bridge.
Thank you.A lot more interesting than reading about Lendal Bridge. CHISSY1
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