Latest Lake Vostok Stories
A group of British scientists has for the first time found evidence of diverse life forms dating back nearly 100 thousand years in subglacial lake sediment.
Lake Vostok, the largest of some 400 subglacial lakes scattering Antarctica’s frozen world, has been the subject of research for at least the past 15 years. Lying more than 2 miles below the surface, the lake was first drilled in 1998 by a team of Russian, French and American scientists.
Last Friday (Mar 8) headlines popped up everywhere reporting that Russian scientists had found initial evidence of a new life form pulled up from the depths of Antarctica’s largest subglacial body of water, Lake Vostok.
Samples taken from an underground lake in Antarctica last January contain a new life form previously unknown to science, according to researchers who are in charge of studying the returned samples.
Just a day after successfully drilling through to a subglacial lake in Antarctica, a team have pulled up the first water and sediment samples from the depths of the under-ice lake that have been isolated for thousands of years.
An ambitious expedition to search for life in one of the world’s most remote regions has ended in failure early Christmas morning. Team members from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) called off a project to drill through two miles of Antarctica’s ice sheet to reach Lake Ellsworth due to problems linking boreholes in the ice.
A project more than 15 years in the making is about to become a reality for a group or scientists wanting to learn more about life deep below the Antarctic ice sheet.
In a modern iteration of the great age of Antarctic exploration of the 19th and 20th centuries, three teams of scientists are rushing to reach not the South Pole like Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton, but lakes deep below the surface of the Frozen Continent believed to hold scientific treasures.
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After two decades of on-again, off-again work, a team of Russian scientists claim to have successfully drilled through the frozen crust of Antarctica and into a gigantic, subglacial body of water that had been buried beneath the ice for millions of years.
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