Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have announced the discovery of 91 previously unknown volcanoes underneath the western part of Antarctica. While these volcanoes are unlikely to melt the whole ice sheet, it is obvious that if the glacier, which is already losing ice on account of climate change, might trigger an eruption if there is significant ice reduction. It all started with a 20-year old student named de Vries whose curiosity led him to look through decades of data to figure what what might be hidden beneath the kilometers of ice in Western Antarctica. He started discovering some cones which felt familiar since de Vries grew up in a French region where volcanoes were not rare. He reported this to his geology lecturer and a glaciologist and together, the three men have now published a study in a leading geology journal. While some volcanoes like Mount Erebus were already discovered, and some were false alarms, 91 of the cones discovered were actual volcanoes deep underneath the ice. Incredible, isn’t it? (ALSO SEE New lake discovered in Antarctica!) Antarctica has captured the imagination of not just geology students and glaciologists but anyone interested in travel, adventure and our planet in general. Its low accessibility and extreme weather conditions make it difficult for tourists to visit. However, there have been quite a few adventurers who have visited the beautiful land of ice and penguins and come back with exciting stories. Here, then, are some breathtaking photos of Antarctica that show why it should feature on your bucket list.

White snowy mountains next to the ocean in the Antarctic

Antarctica snowy mountains

Antarctica snowy mountains

Antarctica is full of majestic glaciers and serene lakes

Antarctica landscape 2

A waddle of Penguins in the Antarctic

Cute penguins in Antarctica

Cute penguins in Antarctica

Several researchers travel to Antarctica to study colonies of penguins and the weather in Antarctica

Researchers in Antarctica

Researchers in Antarctica

More penguins just hanging out on a bright day

Penguins in the Antarctic Region

Penguins in the Antarctic Region

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Beautiful blue landscape and scenery in Antarctica

Antarctica blue landscape

Breathtaking view of a bright day after the end of polar nights

Antarctica Day

And it would be a crime to not end with a picture of the mesmerizing penguins!

Antarctica penguins 3

Even as climate change threatens the eruption of glaciers in the Antarctic region and pose a threat to the planet, the continent remains undeniably beautiful and marvelous. It is perhaps the few places on our planet that can still be called truly unexplored. The 91 new volcanoes that have been discovered may just be the tip of the iceberg!