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Old 06-14-2018, 02:02 PM   #2051 (permalink)
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The thing with the poles is that they are really big, and you really can't say much about them unless you have been studying a wide variety of observation points over an extended period. As time goes by, the phenomena get understood better and the quality of data gets better. But there will be a lot of surprises to come.

A time ago I read that the Antactic is the continent with the highest density of active volcanoes... but they almost never breach the 3 km thick ice sheet, but rather create a big temporary lake in between the ice and the volcano.
Lava would melt the ice, but as water is heavier than ice it rather spreads over the rock face than up into the ice. Nor will it boil much, as the cooling effect of the ice is immense, and so is the pressure under 3000 meter of ice.

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