The Antarctic, a mysterious frozen continent, about 1.5 times the size of the United States, 99 percent of which is covered by ice. It contains about 70 percent of the planet’s freshwater and 90 percent of the Earth’s ice. Being the least populated continent, it keeps a lot of secrets. Of course the more we explore and analyze Antarctica the less it seems mysterious to us. We already know why the water in the ‘blood falls’ is red and that there are mountains and hundreds of lakes underneath thick layers of ice.
However, because of the remoteness and extreme weather conditions, Antarctica wasn’t properly studied by scientists and it remains shrouded in icy mysteries. Conspiracy theorists have developed many theories trying to find out what secrets the ancient glaciers keep. Nazi base, UFO base, the Lost City of Atlantis, and the most ancient pyramid in the world are just some of the things which conspiracy theorists think can be situated in the Antarctic.
In contrast with many destinations and places which are listed on The Travel, Antarctica isn’t a popular place among tourists, so only a few of you reading this article will be able to explore it yourself. For this reason, we have collected the most interesting information about Antarctica trying to show you the solved mysteries related to the icy continent and taking a look at controversial issues in a pragmatic, non-sensational manner.
Now let’s take a look at the most interesting things, objects, and creatures underneath and above the ground on this mysterious continent where mostly penguins and scientists dwell.
UNDERNEATH: MOUNTAIN LAKES
There are many things hidden under the thick layers of ice in Antarctica and some of them are already discovered. One of such discoveries are the underground lakes. Scientists first find the lakes in 1970 with help of echo sounding which is very similar to using radars to locate aircraft in the sky. The estimated amount of lakes under the 3 kilometers of ice is 400, but this estimation is approximate and scientists suggest that there could be twice as many lakes there because there are many regions which weren’t examined.
Most likely these lakes were formed after the separation of Antarctica from Gondwanaland, which was a supercontinent many many years ago.