Recently I saw a National Geographic map of Antarctica with depictions of the ice cap thickness. This was specifically in the context of a big buried lake (Lake Vostock?) under the Russian scientific stations. It turns out that over most of Antarctica, the rock/ soil strata are about 800 feet below sea level - capped by this huge 2km-thick layer of ice. So if Antarctica were moved away from the polar reqion of Earth, it would be called Untertica.maps depicting the landmass of Antarctica pre-ice age
Before the last Ice Age, a large part of Antarctica may still have been covered in ice ... but one has to be cautious in interpreting claims made in these books. Over the past two decades I have come to the conclusion that most book-writers share some of Shri Pankaj Mishra's attitude towards writing:
"..I write what I feel like writing .. sometimes fiction... sometimes non-fiction".
This must be related to the strong support of the liquor industry by book-authors.
The fact that the garbage is clamped between two fine hard pieces of cardboard covered with imitation leather or vinyl, does not improve the fact that the contents are still garbage.