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Earth’s squishy interior gives rapid rise to Antarctica

22 June 2018

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Parts of Earth's crust are rising very slowly owing to post-glacial rebound, but using GPS, researchers have found that West Antarctica is rising faster than almost anywhere else in the world. And, ESA's GOCE gravity mission has, in turn, helped them to understand that the mantle below is unusually fluid.

Around 20 000 years ago, vast expanses of Earth's surface were covered in thick ice. In some places the ice was 3 km thick – just like central Antarctica and Greenland today.

Source: ESA

Image credit: ESA /AOES Medialab - GOCE in orbit

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