Denman Glacier is Earth’s deepest point

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The deepest point on earth has been found in a canyon buries deep under the ice of the Denman Glacier in Queen Mary Land, Antarctica. The depth of the canyon was discovered to have 11,500 feet depth (3.5 kilometers) below sea level

Though this canyon has been found to be the deepest part on earth, Mariana Trench is still the deepest point on Earth. Mariana Trench that lies in the western Pacific Ocean has a deepest point of 36,037 feet or 10.9 kilometres. However in geological terms it is part of the oceanic crust.

The deepest portion was found in the Antarctica when a group of researchers were on a mission to make a detailed map of land beneath Antarctica. They were part of BedMachine Antarctica project that was led by glaciologists from University of California. The findings have been published in Nature Geoscience.

Mathieu Morlighem who led the team was quoted in the media as saying that bed mapping of Antarctica was not that easy as it was larger than America and Canada combined. He also affirmed that the team took five years to get to BedMachine.

With the project now over, the researchers have come across many things under the ice that was not known till now. They came across ridges across the troughs that fed the Ross Ice Shelf, which is the largest ice shelf in Antarctica. The scientists have been quite apprehensive of the ice shelf as they believe that it could collapse because of global warming. However, the findings of Mathieu Morlighem and his team sheds light on other areas that are higher risk.

The biggest surprise was the trough of Denman Glacier. It was known that this glacier in the eastern part of Antarctica had a trough beneath it but no one was aware how deep it was. Earlier attempts to measure the trough were all failures but now Mathieu Morlighem and his team has measured the depth with the new technique. point on earth has been found in a canyon buries deep under the ice of the Denman Glacier in Queen Mary Land, Antarctica. The depth of the canyon was discovered to have 11,500 feet depth (3.5 kilometers) below sea level

Though this canyon has been found to be the deepest part on earth, Mariana Trench is still the deepest point on Earth. Mariana Trench that lies in the western Pacific Ocean has a deepest point of 36,037 feet or 10.9 kilometres. However in geological terms it is part of the oceanic crust.

The deepest portion was found in the Antarctica when a group of researchers were on a mission to make a detailed map of land beneath Antarctica. They were part of BedMachine Antarctica project that was led by glaciologists from University of California. The findings have been published in Nature Geoscience.

Mathieu Morlighem who led the team was quoted in the media as saying that bed mapping of Antarctica was not that easy as it was larger than America and Canada combined. He also affirmed that the team took five years to get to BedMachine.

With the project now over, the researchers have come across many things under the ice that was not known till now. They came across ridges across the troughs that fed the Ross Ice Shelf, which is the largest ice shelf in Antarctica. The scientists have been quite apprehensive of the ice shelf as they believe that it could collapse because of global warming. However, the findings of Mathieu Morlighem and his team sheds light on other areas that are higher risk.

The biggest surprise was the trough of Denman Glacier. It was known that this glacier in the eastern part of Antarctica had a trough beneath it but no one was aware how deep it was. Earlier attempts to measure the trough were all failures but now Mathieu Morlighem and his team has measured the depth with the new technique.

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