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An international team of biologists has discovered living microbes and an active ecosystem located one-half mile beneath the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, according to new research published online Wednesday in the journal Nature.
NASA is best known for its explorations away from this planet, but the US space agency has a whole other program aimed at investigating the depths of this planet.
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.
Three very large-scale, National Science Foundation-funded Antarctic science projects--investigating scientifically significant subjects as varied as life in extreme ecosystems, the fate of one of the world's largest ice sheets and the nature of abrupt global climate-change events--have recently each reached important technological milestones that will advance cutting-edge research.