Scientists have made a detailed map of Antarctica’s rock bed — what the land looks like underneath the ice — as part of their attempt to predict how the continent might respond to global warming. Figuring out what will happen when Antarctic ice melts requires an understanding of what’s going on down below.
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) used decades of research including state of the art techniques to show what the continent would look like ‘naked’.
About 98 per cent of the region is covered in ice, with just one per cent of it poking through to the air above.
The map by BAS shows just how mountainous it is in the greatest ever detail.
The red and black areas denote the tallest peaks, with dark blue marking the lower elevations.