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Subglacial Antarctic Lake Sediments Contain Diversity Of Ancent Lifeforms
2013-09-11 09:28:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A group of British scientists has for the first time found evidence of diverse lifeforms dating back nearly 100 thousand years in subglacial lake sediment. For decades, scientists have been fascinated by the idea that extreme lifeforms might exist in the cold and dark lakes hidden miles beneath the Antarctic ice sheet. Direct sampling of these lakes in the interior of Antarctica, however, presents major technological challenges even...

Subglacial Life Found In Ice Cores From Lake Vostok, Antarctica
2013-07-05 11:58:56

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Lake Vostok, the largest of some 400 subglacial lakes scattering Antarctica's frozen depths, has been the subject of ambitious 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. Because the lake is buried so deeply under an Antarctic glacier and is so dark and cold, researchers have surmised it would be an...

Scientists Find Bacteria Discovery In Antarctic Lake Was A Contaminant
2013-03-11 12:32:50

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last Friday (Mar 8) headlines popped up everywhere reporting that Russian scientists had found initial evidence of a new bacterial life form pulled up from the depths of Antarctica´s largest subglacial body of water, Lake Vostok. The discovery was viewed as extraordinary, and may have sealed the deal for Russia becoming the first country to discover a new species of bacteria in such an extreme location. However, new claims...

New Bacteria Discovered In Samples From Antarctica's Lake Vostok
2013-03-08 12:21:54

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. The team said they have discovered a bacterium that has been sealed off for more than a million years in the depths of what is now known as Lake Vostok. The scientists, led by Sergei Bulat of the genetics laboratory at the Saint...

WISSARD Team Retreives Samples From Subglacial Antarctic Lake
2013-01-29 14:09:59

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update 1 (January 29, 2013): A National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research team has successfully drilled through 2,600 feet of ice in Antarctica on January 28 to reach subglacial Lake Whillans. Just a day later and the team said they 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. The Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research...

British Antarctic Survey Admits Defeat, Calls Off Lake Ellsworth Drilling Project
2012-12-27 08:12:02

[Watch Video: Professor Martin Siegert Calls Off Lake Ellsworth Project] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. With winter fast...

British Scientists Begin To Drill Antarctic Ice Sheet To Hunt For Life
2012-12-22 06:45:50

[Watch Video: Tractor Train From Union Glacier To Lake Ellsworth] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update (Dec. 22, 2012) A long-awaited project to drill through Antarctica´s ice sheet to a deep subglacial lake to look for life has been on hold for the past week due to a malfunction in the drill´s boiler system. The team heading the $12 million operation could only sit patiently in the subzero temperatures of the southern continent as they waited...

2012-03-01 10:35:53

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. That quest by Russian, British and American scientific teams for water samples is the topic of an article in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly...

2012-02-14 08:00:00

The sciences website EurekaMag.com publishes insights into specific subjects of all areas of natural science. The latest review covers the Great White Shark which is a large lamniform shark found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans, Homo Erectus which is an extinct species of humans that lived between 1.3 to 1.8 million years ago, and Vostok station which is a Russian Antarctic research station at the southern Pole of Cold, with the lowest temperature on Earth of –89.2 degrees...

Russian Team Becomes First To Reach Subglacial Lake
2012-02-09 06:05:58

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. The body of water in question is Lake Vostok, which according to BBC News Science Correspondent Jonathan Amos is one of more than 300 glacial lakes known to exist on that continent. Lake Vostok had been untouched for at least 14...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.