BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Although the largest canyon on Earth eludes scientists, recent images taken by satellites managed to shed a light on this mystery. According to several geological studies, it would seem under the ice sheets of Antarctica lies a canyon so grand and vast, that it could easily make The Grand Canyon look like a midget.
After months of research, a team of scientists from the Durham University is on the verge of pinpointing the exact location of the world’s biggest canyon. According to their projection, cross-referenced by recent satellite imagery, the sleeping giant is located somewhere underneath the ice caps in Antarctica.
More specifically, the would-be canyon might be located inside Princess Elizabeth Land, in the eastern part of Antarctica. As we know, that specific region of Antarctica has yet to be explored.
We don’t know if it was intended as a jest or not, but apparently one of the scientists working for the project declared that presently we know more about the surface of Mars than of Antarctica.
If their projections prove to be true, then the icy canyon hidden underneath Antarctica might be bigger than any canyon on Earth. Using images taken by satellites, the team of scientists estimates that the elusive canyon might have 1000 kilometers in length and more than 1 kilometer in depth.
Doctor Stewart Jamieson, one of the scientists working on the project, and also the author of the comparison between the canyon and Mars, said that there could be a lake and a canyon underneath the ice caps in Princess Elizabeth Land. Unfortunately, no one possesses enough data about the ice’s thickness in that region of Antarctica, thus, predictions are very hard to make.
While the canyon itself may elude the naked eye, so to say, it would seem that it is partially visible on other instruments.
Using satellite imagery and radio-echo devices, the team of scientists attempted to map out the outlines of the sleeping giant.
Data recovered by the two devices would suggest that the underground canyon extends all across Princess Elizabeth Land, all the way to the Vestfold Hills. Moreover, it would seem that the hidden canyon also encompasses a subglacial lake. Estimates based on the data harvested using sonar and satellite imagery suggests that the lake covers a total area of 1250 square kilometers.
Largest canyon on Earth eludes scientists, but it would seem that technology has prevailed over Nature this time. Using high-resolution imaging sensors, the team from the Durham University, with the help of several space agencies, have identified the outlines of a monstrous canyon extending beneath Antarctica.