To say that the largest volcanic concentration in the world is under Antarctic ice may seem like something out of science fiction and typical of a Verne book, but the truth is that this is already evidence.
Once again it is evident that he was a visionary
Scientists have discovered 91 volcanoes, with evidence of activity. It would be something similar to the volcanic ridge of West Africa, with a peak that stands out especially and that would be the equivalent of the Eiger volcano in Switzerland, 3,970 meters above sea level.
Geologists, along with a multidisciplinary group of experts have discovered basaltic substrates that confirm that these theories are true.
The existence of some of these volcanoes was already known, because the peaks passed over the ice, but 50 of them have been discovered under a thick layer of cold Antarctic ice.
Evidence of volcanic heat under the ice
But what has most surprised scientists is that under the Pine island glacier, heat has been found, most likely coming from magma in the active volcanic zone.
This opens the door to endless theories and probabilities that seem to be taking shape.
The temperature that has been measured under blue ice has reached up to 25 degrees, finding warm liquid water, and with evidence of creatures not seen by man so far. And this is just the tip of the iceberg…
We only have to develop the theory well from the premises that we know. If there is volcanic activity under the ice, there is heat.
We also know that there is a large freshwater lake under the Antarctic soil, and we know that sunlight is able to pass through the layers where the ice is thinnest.
Which leads us to seriously think about the existence of an unknown world encapsulated in ice, which has evolved at a different rate than the rest of the Earth has.
The similarity of Verne’s novel to the latest discoveries
If we recall the novel written by Verne, its similarity gives certain chills, as many of his writings have already done. In his novel, a fantastic and unknown world opened before our eyes, to show that there are unusual habitats on earth that we do not yet know.
The discovery of new creatures that we did not know opens the door to all kinds of hypotheses, and makes us believe that there really is a world that we do not know under the ice.
Vegetable and animal remains have been found that have nothing to do with the surface … And surely one of these volcanoes is the entrance to that world that the fantastic author told us in his book.
All this is so fantastic and gives rise to so many interpretations, that the scientific team that found the first evidences of this volcanic activity, took their measurements as erroneous, later returning to verify that they were not in error, and that, indeed, under That ice that we considered so static, hides a new world to discover.
The peaks of the discovered volcanoes are found in the Western Antarctic Rift System, along 3,500 km of the Ross Ice Shelf.
These new discovered volcanoes are being investigated and are constantly being measured, to see how climate change can influence their behavior if Antarctic ice continues to melt at the rate it is.
Clear indications of living things in Antarctic caves
A team, led by Dr. Ceridwen Fraser of the Australian Fenner School of Environment and Society, studied a complex cave system around Mount Erebus, an active volcano on Ross Island, finding evidence of life inside.
Of a particular life and different from the one we know in the rest of the earth. DNA remains of some species that are totally unknown to us, both plant and animal, were evidenced, and this was only scratching on the surface.
What is known for sure, plus what scientists think they can find by the premises that have been discovered, opens a whole world of theories and possibilities.
Evidently, the investigations on the matter are working at full speed, believing that, indeed, the entrance to a fantastic and unknown world can exist, that we have only come to imagine through the pen of Jules Verne.