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Wednesday , 18 October 2017
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World’s biggest volcanic cluster discovered in Antarctica

In a significant discovery, scientists have found the world’s biggest volcanic region and it is located in Antarctica. The area has around 100 volcanoes and all of these remained hidden till this time since they are covered under 2 kilometers of ice sheet. The research was carried out by Edinburgh University in the UK. 91 volcanoes have been discovered recently and 47 others were discovered earlier. This implies that the area has the largest number of volcanoes in the world. One of the volcanoes is almost 4,000 meters high. All the volcanoes are in the range of 100 meters to 3,850 meters and all of them are covered in thick layers of ice. The volcano cluster is located in a region called the west Antarctic rift system. Scientists said that the rift is spread across 3,500 km, from Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf to the Antarctic Peninsula.

One of the researchers at University of Edinburgh, Robert Bingham, said that they never expected to find so many volcanoes in the Antarctic region. “We also suspect there are even more on the bed of the sea that lies under the Ross ice shelf, it is very likely this region will turn out to be the densest region of volcanoes in the world, greater even than east Africa, where mounts Nyiragongo, Kilimanjaro, Longonot and all the other active volcanoes are concentrated,” said Bingham.

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