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    Scientists discover 91 volcanoes in Antarctica

    By Talia Avakian
    August 23, 2017, 4:27:27 PM EDT

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    Scientists have discovered what could be the world’s biggest volcanic region in western Antarctica.

    A recent study conducted by researchers at Edinburgh University found a total of 138 volcanoes in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet overlying the West Antarctic Rift System, 91 of which had never before been identified.

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    While the area has one of the world's most extensive regions of stretched continental crust, according to the researchers, ice coverings have made it difficult to fully map the extent of volcanic activity in the area.

    Researchers used a mix of aeromagnetic and aerogravity tools, satellite imagery, and a database of already confirmed volcanoes to pinpoint cone-like structures on the ice sheet.

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