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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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2011-01-28 13:31:48

Scientists studying the world's most enigmatic lake have only 165 feet left to drill as time is running out. Vostok is a sub-glacial lake in Antarctica, hidden about 13,000 ft beneath the ice sheet. With the Antarctic summer almost over, temperatures will soon start to drop. Scientists will leave the remote base on February 6, when conditions are still mild enough for a plane to land. The team has not stopped drilling for weeks. "It's like working on an alien planet where no one has been...

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2009-08-25 15:10:00

Lakes in Antarctica, concealed under miles of ice, require scientists to come up with creative ways to identify and analyze these hidden features. Now, researchers using space-based lasers on a NASA satellite have created the most comprehensive inventory of lakes that actively drain or fill under Antarctica's ice. They have revealed a continental plumbing system that is more dynamic than scientists thought."Even though Antarctica's ice sheet looks static, the more we watch it, the more we see...

2009-03-08 00:35:00

British scientists have been given the go-ahead to drill through the Antarctic ice sheet into Lake Ellsworth, which has been sealed off for thousands of years. The main goal of the project is to determine whether there is life in the lake, The Independent reported. The lake, one of about 150 that have been found under the ice sheet, has been covered for at least 400,000 years -- and possibly form as long as 2 million years. It is a dark, cold place that has been sealed from the outside world...

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2008-11-17 13:24:34

Scientists say that enormous floods beneath the Antarctic ice sheet can now be linked directly to the speed at which that ice moves towards the ocean. The giant Byrd Glacier in east Antarctica sped up just as two lakes under the ice overflowed, according to Leigh Stearns and colleagues. They say the floodwater acts as a lubricant, easing the ice over the bedrock. Experts believe the more ice the Polar Regions dump in the ocean, the higher the waters will rise. Ice behavior in response to a...

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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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2007-09-05 08:05:00

New research in Antarctica has revealed cells that might repair their DNA at extremely cold temperatures and, in doing so, could effectively be 'immortal'. If confirmed, the findings would have implications for the potential for life in the ice of worlds like Mars and Europa. LSU - If confirmed, "immortal cells" could prove potential for life on Mars and Europa, one of Jupiter's moons. Antarctica is home to the largest body of ice on Earth. Prior to approximately 10 years ago, no one thought...

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2007-03-06 18:30:00

Just as explorers once searched the vast reaches of Africa's Nile River for clues to its behavior and ultimate source, modern-day scientists are searching Antarctica for its hidden lakes and waterways that can barely be detected at the surface of the ice sheet. In a new study, researchers have unearthed how water from this vast subglacial system contributes to the formation of ice streams, and how it plays a crucial role in transporting ice from the remote interior of Antarctica toward the...

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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,...

2006-03-02 20:34:59

By Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hidden about four km (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...


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