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February 10 2012

Russia reaches ancient Antarctic lake


Russian scientists in Antarctica have drilled through nearly four kilometres of ice to reach a vast freshwater lake that has lain untouched for at least 14 million years.

Sealed deep under the ice sheet, Lake Vostok is one of the world's last unexplored frontiers, and scientists suspect it may reveal new life forms.

It is the deepest and most isolated of Antarctica's sub-glacial lakes, supersaturated with oxygen, resembling no other known environment on Earth.

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