Science: Solid Under Ice

Evidence that Antarctica is a continental land mass was found last year by Russian explorers, reported Meteorologist Morton J. Rubin of the U.S. Weather Bureau last week. Back from 15 months with the Russians at Mirny on the Indian Ocean coast of Antarctica, Rubin revealed that a Russian party trekked about 1,500 miles inland to the "pole of inaccessibility," setting off dynamite charges in the ice to make seismic soundings every 30-50 miles. Echoes showed continuous land instead of a complex of islands or submerged mountains. The Russians say the land ranges from 2,500 to 12,000 ft. above sea level, with...

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