Tuesday, October 21, 2008

At the Mountains of Madness...discovered?!?

Well, for those who don't really know me, I am a big H.P. Lovecraft fan. I am not a big reader of fiction, and I probably read some where between 5 to 10 non-fiction history, bibliography, political science, science, philosophy, or work related text for every one novel that I read...and H.P. Lovecraft is one of my favorites.

It also happens that my favorite novel by Lovecraft is "At the Mountains of Madness." It is a novel about a paleontology expedition to Antarctica that discovers an unknown mountain range in Antarctica along with amazing fossils finds. Then things go terribly wrong.

As you can see from my photograph on my main page, I have had a deep love for Antarctica for many, many years, which I think started with the novel, "At the Mountains of Madness".

Now, what does this have to do with this posting?!?! In today's news, the following little article came up:

"Huge Mountain Range Should Not Be There"

LiveScience.com livescience Stafflivescience.com – Tue Oct 21, 10:21 am ET

"An Antarctic mountain range that rivals the Alps in elevation will be probed this month by an expedition of scientists using airborne radar and other Information Age tools to virtually "peel away" more than 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of ice covering the peaks.

"One of the mysteries of the mountain range
is that current evidence suggests that it "shouldn't be there" at all.

"The researchers hope to find answers there to some basic questions about the nature of the southernmost continent
, including the massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet. For instance, it is unclear how Antarctica came to be ice-covered in the first place and whether that process began millions of years ago in the enigmatic Gamburtsev Mountain range."

rest of story here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20081021/sc_livescience/hugemountainrangeshouldnotbethere

A mountain range in Antarctica that 'should not be'...that is the stuff of Lovecraft!!! I am very excited about this and will definitely be keeping tabs on this...maybe they will find a cute, cuddly shoggoth!!!

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