Scientists Have Found An Incredible Secret Below The Ice of Antarctica

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The southernmost continent in the world, Antarctica, continues to be a source of fascination and mystery for people around the globe. Our knowledge of this frozen continent began on January 17, 1773, when famed explorer James Cook became the first to cross the Antarctic Circle which surrounds it. Cook is pictured in the painting below.

On January 27, 1820, a group of Russian explorers became the first to lay eyes on Antarctica. They sighted an ice shelf that bordered what is now known as Queen Maud's Land. While our understanding of the last discovered continent has progressed considerably since then, what do we really know about Antarctica?