Antarctica is nothing short of stunning with her glaciers, icebergs, snow, & sea ice shimmering under the sun (for almost 24hrs in summer!), but underneath all this brilliance lies a prehistoric continent as beautiful as any other. Scientists recently discovered these hidden landforms which can help predict future ice loss due to global warming. The remarkable teams of scientists use ice-penetrating radar to help map the ancient continent and have discovered three valleys that reveal the diverse topography hidden away for millennia.
Foundation Trough is the biggest of the three valleys and runs the distance between Washington DC and New York City! That’s roughly 217 miles long! Patuxent Trough, is 200 miles long and even the smallest, Offset Rift Basin, spans 93 miles from end to end.
While we may not be able to see these massive geological formations with our naked eyes, there’s no shortage of stunning wildlife & landscapes to awe at and photograph in every direction. We took this photograph on our last expedition to Antarctica in 2019. Let us show you in person and sign up for our next Antarctica group tours!