These amazing photographs show the inside of an ice cave thought lost that has been rediscovered by Ukrainian scientists in the Antarctic.
The pictures were taken by members of the 24th Ukrainian expedition to Antarctica, who were amazed to discover another entrance to a previously “lost” glacial cave on the island of Galindez.
According to the head of the expedition Igor Dikogo, the cave had first been found during members of the country’s first expedition to the Antarctic region.
He said: “At that time, the entrance was from the opposite shore of the island from the base station but when the glacier slipped down into the ocean the entrance was blocked.”
It was believed that there was then no way to get into the cave, although they had tried.
He said: “There were several unsuccessful attempts to find it from the Penola Strait. But in the glacier from the side of the old British base museum – the Worde’s house – we were lucky: we found the entrance to the lost cave.”
It is noted that the total width of the passage of the cave, spread over three floors, is about 200 meters, in addition, there is an river and two lakes.
There were also amazed to discover a bird feather that clearly does not belong to Penguin, and the specimen has been sent back to Ukraine to be investigated.
Natural phenomena like this are increasing the attraction of the Antarctic to tourists, with some 40,000 people visiting the region in the last season and next year it is expected to double.
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