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Russian Scientists Reach Ancient Antarctic Lake
2012-02-06 13:55:27

After years of drilling, Russian scientists have finally managed to reach down to reveal a unique sub-glacial lake. The scientists drilled 12,362 feet to reach the sub-glacial Antarctic lake, Vostok, which has been sealed for the past 20 million years. Explorers hope the lake could reveal new forms of life, and show how life evolved before the ice age. The discovery of the hidden lakes of Antarctica in the 1990s sparked enthusiasm from scientists across the globe. Some believe the...

Researchers To Get First Peek At 20 Million Year-Old Lake
2012-02-03 12:06:26

In what sounds like the opening scene to a bad monster movie, a team of Russian scientists are on the verge of drilling down to a lake buried under more than two miles of ice that hasn´t seen the light of day for over 20 million years, reports Rob Cooper for the Daily Mail. Lake Vostok is the largest of Antarctica´s subglacial lakes and also one of the largest lakes in the world and the research team is poised to penetrate the final 40 feet of ice that sits atop the lake next...

Ambitious Antarctic Expedition In The 'Deep-field' Complete
2012-01-16 04:23:28

A team of four British Antarctic Survey (BAS) engineers has returned to the UK after completing a grueling journey to one of the most remote and hostile locations on the planet to put in place equipment and supplies for an ambitious project later this year. Enduring temperatures of minus 35°C the Subglacial Lake Ellsworth ℠Advance Party´ has successfully paved the way to explore an ancient lake buried beneath 3 km of Antarctic ice. A powerful ℠tractor-train´ towed...

Scientists To Study Underground Lake In Antarctica
2011-10-11 09:43:06

An Antarctic lake hidden under 1.8 miles of ice in the western region of the continent could reveal what life on Earth looked like a million years ago and could narrow down the search for extraterrestrial life, as well as give scientists clues to future climate impacts, according to a British expedition taking up the study. Expedition members will use hot water to melt down through the nearly 2-mile-thick ice to reach Lake Ellsworth, which has been isolated from the outside world for more...

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2011-02-05 07:45:00

Russian scientists are set to pierce through Antarctica's frozen surface to reveal the secrets of an icebound lake that has been sealed deep there for the past 15 million years. Alexei Turkeyev, head of the Russian polar Vostok Station, told Reuters by satellite phone that scientists have "only a bit left to go." His team has been drilling for weeks in a race to reach the lake -- buried 12,000 feet beneath the polar ice cap -- before the end of the brief Antarctic summer. With the...

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2008-11-17 10:10:00

Scientists have long known that life can exist in some very extreme environments. But Earth continues to surprise us. At a European Science Foundation and COST (European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research) 'Frontiers of Science' meeting in Sicily in October, scientists described apparently productive ecosystems in two places where life was not known before, under the Antarctic ice sheet, and above concentrated salt lakes beneath the Mediterranean. In both cases,...

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2008-02-08 00:05:00

Scientists on the Cassini mission have become out-of-this world "plumbers" as they try to piece together what's happening inside the "pipes" feeding the plumes of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Enceladus is jetting out giant geysers three times the size of the moon, and now scientists are beginning to understand how the ice grains are created and how they might have formed. Knowing the process of how the plume forms and the path the water-ice particles have to travel is giving them an insight into...

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2007-11-28 08:26:33

Researchers from the University of Delaware and the University of California at Riverside have thawed ice estimated to be at least a million years old from above Lake Vostok, an ancient lake that lies hidden more than two miles beneath the frozen surface of Antarctica. The scientists will now examine the eons-old water for microorganisms, and then through novel genomic techniques, try to figure out how these tiny, living "time capsules" survived the ages in total darkness, in freezing cold...

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2007-04-27 11:09:59

A robotic probe designed to draw an underwater three-dimensional map showing the biological and geochemical composition of an ice-bound Antarctica lake may prove to be the ideal tool to search for life on other planets or moons where ice is known to exist. Peter Doran, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the lead investigator in a three-year, $2.3 million dollar study funded by NASA to build the probe that will map Antarctica's...

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2006-03-06 08:10:00

By Christian Lowe MOSCOW -- Hidden about 2.5 miles beneath the ice near the South Pole lies a lake that scientists believe represents a lost world, harboring organisms sealed off from the rest of the planet for millions of years. Russian researchers are drilling down through the ice toward Lake Vostok as they seek to unlock the secrets of what some say is the last great unexplored frontier on Earth. The lake under the Antarctic ice is uniquely important precisely because it is so pristine,...


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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
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