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Old 15th August 2017, 08:49 AM
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Default ANTARCTICA: 91 New Volcanoes and Bonus Whopper Protein!

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A team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh used ice-penetrating radar, coupled with satellite and aerial survey data, to identify 138 volcanic peaks under the Antarctic ice sheet, 91 of which were previously undescribed. The smallest one is just over 300 feet tall, while the largest peak tops out at more than 12,500 feet, roughly as tall as the Eiger in the Swiss Alps. The peaks are spread out over more than 2,000 miles in the West Antarctic Rift System. The basalt volcanoes probably aren’t active, but the researchers say there’s a chance there could be an increase in volcanic activity if the ice over them thins—just one more way climate change could wreak havoc on Antarctica.
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Closer in, also hidden in the ice is one of the largest proteins ever described. The Marinomonas primoryensis bacterium uses the oversized protein to latch onto diatoms floating in the water where it lives. Those diatoms provide the bacterium with oxygen and, in turn, the bacterium keep the photosynthesizing diatoms up at the surface of the water, where they can draw energy from the Sun. The giant protein is 600 nanometers long, compared to between two and 15 nanometers for most (a human hair is roughly 75,000 nanometers wide, so even the biggest proteins remain invisible to the naked eye).
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Wow, so the Plateu of Leng is real? R'lyeh Ftang!!!
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