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December 28 2012

Scientists halt quest for 'lost world' under Antarctic ice

An ambitious plan to drill through an Antarctic ice sheet two miles thick in order to search for microbial life in a sub-glacial lake had to be abandoned on Christmas Day because of a technical problem. But scientists have vowed to do everything they can to complete the mission if they can return to the site in two or three years’ time.

Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey announced that they had to call off their attempt to reach Lake Ellsworth using a hot-water drill because they had run out of both hot water and the fuel needed to create a borehole two-miles deep.

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