Antarctica is an enigma to anybody with an imagination. It is the final frontier, the last continent to be explored and claims that it is nothing but arid, freezing land keep most people from ever trying to go there.
Flights go over Antarctica, as a tourist attraction from countries like Australia, but flights over the continent can hardly explain what is going on under the ice.
Beneath the Ross Island volcano known as Mount Erebus, cave systems were recently discovered to be a breeding ground for life. Moss, algae, and similar life was discovered in these geothermally heated Antarctic caves.
Life does thrive in Antarctica, and it makes people wonder what else could be there.
“Training personnel and testing equipment in frigid conditions;
Consolidating and extending United States sovereignty over the largest practicable area of the Antarctic continent (This was publicly denied as a goal even before the expedition ended);
Determining the feasibility of establishing, maintaining and utilizing bases in the Antarctic and investigating possible base sites;
Developing techniques for establishing, maintaining and utilizing air bases on ice, with particular attention to later applicability of such techniques to operations in interior Greenland, where conditions are comparable to those in the Antarctic;
Amplifying existing stores of knowledge of hydrographic, geographic, geological, meteorological and electro-magnetic propagation conditions in the area;”
The story goes, several “oases” were discovered in Antarctica during this 1946- 47 expedition. They claim over 300,000 square miles of unpathed territory, regions of ice-free lakes and land were charted on these aerial mapping operations.
Entire documentaries have been made about the mysteries of Antarctica.