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Scientists discover even bigger ‘Grand Canyon’
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Scientists discover even bigger ‘Grand Canyon’

Scientists discover even bigger ‘Grand Canyon’

Scientists discover even bigger ‘Grand Canyon’

Located under more than a mile of ice in Antarctica, the Ellsworth Trough is nearly two miles deep in places.

That’s nearly twice as deep as some spots of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

The group from the UK discovered the canyon while researching the Ellsworth Subglacial Highlands, an ancient mountain range buried under ice in West Antarctica.

The canyon is nearly 200 miles long and is up to 15 miles wide.

They used satellite and radar technology to look beyond the ice. The lead researcher says the valley is so massive that it is visible from space.

He says it shows how little we still know about our planet.

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