Tags: EU | Russia | Antarctic | Lake
Image: Russian Scientists Find Lake Way Down Under Antarctica
Russian researchers at the Vostok station in Antarctica pose for a picture after reaching the subglacial lake Vostok. In the photo, provided by the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of St. Petersburg, scientists hold a sign reading "05.02.12, Vostok station, boreshaft 5gr, lake at depth 3769.3 meters." (AP Photo/Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute Press Service)

Russian Scientists Find Lake Way Down Under Antarctica

Wednesday, 08 Feb 2012 08:44 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Russian researchers say they have reached Antarctica's largest icebound freshwater lake hidden for millions of years under miles of ice.

Russia's Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute said in Wednesday's statement that its team reached Lake Vostok on Sunday after more than two decades of drilling.

The discovery has been avidly anticipated by scientists around the world, who hope that the lake, comparable in area to Lake Ontario, may contain microbial life and provide a clue in the search for life on other planets in similar conditions.

The project has drawn fears that lubricants and antifreeze used in the drilling may contaminate the pristine lake. Russian researchers have argued that the water from the lake would rush up the borehole driven by a jump in pressure, safely sealing pollutants.


© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Study: Fist Bumps Could Cut Transmission of Germs

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 14:39 PM

Ditching handshakes in favor of more informal fist bumps could help cut down on the spread of bacteria and illnesses, ac . . .

Samsung Postpones Launch of Tizen Smartphone

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 08:31 AM

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to  . . .

Why Is Demand for Tablets Slowing?

Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 13:39 PM

Touted as the next big thing in computing when it was introduced by Apple in 2010, the tablet computer has seen a recent . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved