Vernadskii Subglacial Mountains

Vernadskii Subglacial Mountains

 

a mountain system in East Antarctica, a continuation of the subglacial Gamburtsev Mountains, stretching from the “pole of inaccessibility” north-northwest toward the Cook Peninsula (the Riiser-Larsen Peninsula), where it emerges from beneath the ice sheet covering it and stretches further into the ocean as the Gunnerus Bank. It is more than 2,500 km in length. In the south-southeast the Vernadskii Subglacial Mountains rise to an altitude of over 2,000 m above sea level and tower 1,000-1,500 m above the adjoining subglacial plains. The mountains were discovered in 1964 by members of the ninth Soviet Antarctic Expedition as the result of explorations carried out by caterpillar sledge traction along the route station Vostok-pole of inaccessibility-station Molodezhnaia. They are named in honor of V. I. Vernadskii.

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