Scientists Just Drilled Through Thousands of Feet of Ice Into a ‘Lost’ Antarctic Lake

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Antarctica has a new hole. It’s more than a kilometre (just under 4,000 feet) deep, barely a hand-span or two in width, and ends in a body of water named Lake Mercer.

Lake Mercer is what’s called a ‘lost’ lake, as it exists deep below the ice, making it inaccessible to usual experiments.

Researchers can now dip into this ‘lost’ lake and conduct experiments that tell us about the geology and hydrology of a hidden subglacial world, and maybe even find a unique species or two along the way.

It was a celebratory moment for the members of the Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access (SALSA) project, who started drilling on the evening of December 23 and reached their goal at a precise depth of 1,084 metres (3,556 feet) on December 26.


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This article and images were originally posted on [ScienceAlert] January 2, 2019 at 02:32AM. Credit to the original author and ScienceAlert | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.


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