Add to favorite
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS

Drake Passage Hides A Fragment Of The Ancient Continent
14.09.2006 15:25
Drake Passage Hides A Fragment Of The Ancient Continent

Joint Russian and German bottom survey of World oceans southern part near the Drake Passage resulted in discovery of the previously unknown vast underwater plateau Pirie.
      Scientists from Russian Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry and German Polar and Marine Research Institute consider the Pirie Plateau to be a piece of the ancient continent Gondwana, which affects ice regime of Antarctica, thermal regime of World ocean and Earths climate.
      The Pirie Plateau appears to be a top of a micro-continent and, together with Bruce-Discovery plateau, forms a large fragment of the ancient continent Gondwana. Long ago this hilly plateau was a part of the continental bridge between South America and West Antarctica. As South America moved northwards from Antarctica, the bridge slowly submerged in the sea, forming the cold West Wind Drift, one of the most powerful currents of the World ocean, which forms Earths climate together with the Gulf Stream current.
      The Pirie Plateau continues to submerge, thus forming Earths climate via affecting the West Wind Drifts intensity and ice regime of Antarctica.
      Source: Informnauka


Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

"Digital Economy" Program will be Supported by Russian Universities
Coursera Named Russians the Best Specialists in Programming and Data Science
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Launches a Course at Coursera
Neurodata Lab Technologies have Entered the World Top Three
Mefloquine Ability to Fight Coronavirus Preliminary Tested

Comment on our site

RSS   twitter   facebook   submit

Bookmark and Share

search on the map
Russian shops  oil to China  International space station  Russian Cinema  Korablino  Alexander Ovechkin  Russian politicians  Moscow actions  Alexander Mozhaisky  Russian payment system  the Urals region  Museums of Russia  Folk Arts  Juris Jurjans  Fabio Capello  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week   Theatre Festivals  Margarita Goncharova  Russian tourism  Video Games  Sokolniki  Russian regions  golf in Russia  accidents  Sviyazhsk   Festivals in Moscow  fashion designer  Russian transport links  Gennady Rozhdestvensky  Karachay-Cherkessia  Christmas Trees  Exhibitions in Moscow  Russian Nature  Archeological Finds  Smolensk plane crush  Moscow  Sergei Lavrov  Moscow airports  Russian Defence Minister  Gourmet Tours  Symbols of Russia  Lev Landau  Russian business  travel to Russia  criminality  Kirov  St. Petersburg Museums  St. Petersburg  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Sochi International Film Awards 

Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites