Massive Crater Discovered Under Greenland Ice

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In a remote area of northwest Greenland, an international team of scientists has made a stunning discovery, buried beneath a kilometer of ice. It’s a meteor impact crater, 300 meters deep and bigger than Paris or the Beltway around Washington, DC. It is one of the 25 largest known impact craters on Earth, and the first found under any of our planet’s ice sheets. The researchers first spotted the crater in July 2015, while they were inspecting a new map of the topography beneath Greenland’s ice sheet that used ice-penetrating radar data primarily from Operation IceBridge, an ongoing NASA airborne mission to track changes in polar ice, and earlier NASA airborne missions in Greenland.

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42 Responses

  1. Babayaga Yagababa says:

    That would look like the famous Impact Event someone says ended last Ice Age.
    This meaning that after that there was the unusual warm and relatively stable climate that let us develop agriculture.
    Maybe we have just exstinguished the Impact Bonus and we'll soon go back to extremes in temperatures and weather.

    Good luck to those who have kids.

  2. kabalu says:

    it startet the ice age

  3. b1aflatoxin says:

    Cool discovery! – But judging from the comments, the woo-woo and pseudoscience peddlers have taken the story and ran with it.
    Supposedly, this impact is now responsible for every bronze-age fable known to man! lol xD

  4. David Matthews says:

    Just wait until we find out what is under Antarctica. Think about it…….

  5. Organ Farm says:

    A crater can't be massive. Try "huge" or "enormous".

  6. Kyle Lloyd says:

    It's HEXAGONAL! NOT an impact- check out the electric universe theory, seriously- asteroid impacts are circular, NOT hexagonal like this one here.

  7. vampire64 says:

    My Fortress of Solitude has been discovered! Now I need to move and get a new one.

  8. Tricky Trinklet says:

    Fake news

  9. hall9OOO says:

    Maybe that event played a role in wiping out North American and European Megafauna.

  10. Paul Hunt says:

    Highly Compelling!

  11. atticstattic says:


  12. Matthew Edwards says:

    Wait.. i thought all the ice melted due to global warming.
    Al.. Al?
    This has to be a lie.
    You said beneath 2km of ice.
    All this ice is gone.
    Man is evil.
    Working people are to blame.

  13. maxwell theobald says:

    2 floods. Burckle crater is most likely responsible for the flood near 4000BC during the age of Taurus destroying "cattle cults" all over the world. The Great Flood took place in Libra/Virgo. When you read Genesis, it describes the world waking up after this flood; it's not a creation story. "the son of God was born of a virgin in Bethlehem." actually means – the Sun relit the earth after a great flood/total apocalypse during the time of Virgo. Pretend we've been surviving in caves on a dark earth for 1000 years of fires and salt water poisoning all the plants. Then… The skies clear and the earth wakes up…

  14. ringhunter 100 says:

    it`s old, guess we wait for a good date. an easy 1 Ma or so my guess.

  15. irishbreakfast says:

    THERES the other main chuck of the asteroid that hit our world-ocean during the flood! I always suspected the crater was under that ice sheet !!! it fits the fragmentation trajectory as the asteroid broke up when it hit our atmosphere. the very reason the kt boundry exists.

  16. Ahmed Syed says:

    “The chances that we're going to eventually be hit by a large comet or asteroid is 100%. I can promise you that and if you don't believe me go out any night that the moon is up, look at the moon. The moon is a record of the impacts in this region of space. The Earth erases most of hers because of weathering and erosion and mountain building and oceans, but not the moon. The moon is all there. Each one of those craters tells a story and tells a warning.”
    DAVID LEVY. BBC- Averting Armageddon (2003)

  17. Chaim Goldbaum says:

    This could actually be behind the entire archetype of the great flood!!!!

  18. Eric Burkhart says:

    This would fit with the theory that large asteroids stuck the northern hemisphere's ice packs 12kya which triggered massive coastal flooding, altered global climate patterns, and brought an end to the last ice age.

  19. Steve Fortuna says:

    Discoveries like these are what happens when you spend your treasure on scientific discovery instead of killing brown people for their oil so your oligarchs can gain even more wealth.

  20. Colinio says:

    Please can someone tell these guys that if they want to find another crater, even bigger than this one, they should get a simple little telescope and peer at the moon. They are in for a big surprise.

  21. hunter gatherer says:

    This is what caused the flood and destroyed Atlantis

  22. AJ Walls says:

    Very well made video with high production values

  23. Maine Rock Flour says:

    Just because an iron meteorite was found in the vicinity of that crater is not conclusive that it was the cause. Remember, correlation does not imply causation.

  24. skojo3e says:

    Possibly the cataclysmic event that caused Atlantis to sink in a single day and killed thousands of Wooly mammoths in Siberia some with grass still in their mouth!!!

  25. Stephen Gregory says:

    This guy narrating should be a golf announcer. He’s bout to put me to sleep!

  26. Gill MacGillchiaran says:

    This is one of the longer videos on your channel. These subjects deserve analysis and context, not the sound-byte treatment that caters to viewers with low attention spans.

  27. Gill MacGillchiaran says:

    Give it another decade or so, and that pesky ice will no longer hide the crater.

  28. Sima Taghavi says:

    What an amazing day…what an amazing day…i`m so excited!

  29. shadowdance4666 says:

    Could it have caused the Great Flood?

  30. Doug Graves says:

    I think they've found another, much bigger crater under Antarctica ice sheet in 2017. I remember seeing something about it about four months ago. But this is a pretty interesting find for sure, thanks for sharing!

  31. Don Piano says:

    This has to be the link between humans and our missing history. It's wild to think of where we would be as a species had this event not occurred.

  32. valouxxx5 says:

    No more ice soon anyway

  33. Ticking Bomb says:

    Cool but just wondering if the technology is already there to map the entire planet including areas covered with ice… then why not just do it already to see what's underneath? Why wait for other geological guestimates and whatnot to go out to an area of ice land to map it? I mean, all it took was for a plane to fly over the place to confirm the crater.

  34. bruce onlygoodvibes says:

    Ham Grandcock

  35. David Gargiulo says:

    I love the logos of all the very legit research organizations involved with this exploration. Because it kind of rules out the notion that it was some "guy," or "some scientist," found this crater. No these logos go to show it was a legitimate study and ongoing one at that too.

  36. TG&D. Ratcliffe says:

    We all knew it was there. The evidence is all over North America. We have been waiting for them to find it. At last !!

  37. Larkinchance says:

    My guess is that if and when the ice melts, it will leave a 30 kilometer diameter lake behind..
    That amount of cold water flowing down into the Atlantic would have been enough to collapse the Gulf Stream conveyor for maybe 100 years or more giving Europe a mini Ice age. ..

  38. Alabaster Kros says:

    Creepy voice!!!!

  39. Baruch Ben-David says:

    It's a little premature to blame the Younger Dryas on this. They haven't dated the time of the impact. It may have pushed the megafauna into extinction, maybe wiped out the Clovis culture… But it might also have happened millions of years ago. We can't call it the smoking gun just yet.

  40. Abe De says:

    How can any sane person dislike this brilliant discovery video. Oops, TROLLS!

  41. Andrew Trites says:

    2:20. Can anyone explain this?

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