An incredible clip proves parts of the so-called coldest region on Earth are WARM.
The Bunger Hills range in Antarctica is a little-known oasis in an unforgiving, sub-zero landscape.
Named after Commander David E Bunger, the man who led a team of US Navy explorers to the breathtaking discovery in 1949, the region boasts “melt ponds” and unfrozen lakes.
Bunger’s discovery was part of Operation Highjump – a navy task force established to train personnel in adverse conditions, finding possible base sites, and carry out climate research.
The now little-known film The Secret Land – released in 1948 – documented the exploration and captured the dramatic moment Bunger and his team found Antarctica’s most unlikely secret.
Narrator Commander Robert Montgomery excitedly describes the moment, telling the viewer: “Rugged mountain ranges as far as the eye can see.
“Bunger leans forward in amazement. His eyes have caught a sudden and unbelievable change in scenery.
“The universe so white has turned a chocolate brown, dotted with blue.
“A cameraman goes into action. Three hundreds square miles of land without snow. Land that might be in New Mexico or Arizona.
“Three hundreds square miles of land without snow. Land that might be in New Mexico or Arizona”
Commander Robert Montgomery
“These pictures alone will prove Bunger has discovered a warm oasis in the shadow of the pole.
“It is for such supreme moments as this that men brave the hardships of exploration. The astounding un-dreamed of fact is they are over a chain of warm water lakes whose shores – except for patches – are free of ice and snow.”
Coal and “minerals of the utmost importance to civilisation” were discovered in the area, according to the film, while the water temperature of a five-mile long fresh water lake was recorded at 38F (3C).
The groundbreaking documentary was so impressive seven decades ago that it received the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
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