Melting ice reveals uncharted island which that will change the world map

Long buried in the ice, an uncharted island has been revealed in the Antarctic Peninsula which could see the regions map changing permanently.

One of the fastest-warming regions on the planet, the Antarctic peninsula's two glaciers, the Thwaites Glacier and the Pine Island Glacier are chipping away at the continent's coast faster than the ice can set.

The new island was finally visible above sea level for the first time this week as researchers sailed off the coast of the Pine Island Glacier.

The island itself is only around 350 meters long and is visible from the sea due to it's layer of brown rock.

This distinguishes the island from the surrounding glaciers and icebergs.

Made of volcanic granite, the island is the only visible rocky piece of land within 40 miles in any direction.

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Researchers have named the new discovery Sif Island after a Norse goddess associated with earth.

However, the discovery is bittersweet as it signifies the direct effect of the widespread glacial melt that has overshadowed Antarctica in the past decade.

In a blog, Sarah Slack, a member of the expedition, wrote: "At first, we thought maybe an iceberg had become lodged on the outcropping years ago and then melted enough to expose the underlying rock,

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"But now we think that the ice on the island was once part of the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf, a massive field of floating ice that extends outward into the ocean from the edge of the glacier."

The expedition, carried out by the international Thwaites Glacier Offshore Research project is due to end on March 25 after which the Sif Island rock samples will be analysed.

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