Alien Life Clues in Antarctic Ice? Russia will find out!
Water samples from the lake will be retrieved up coming year.
When a Russian crew broke by means of 12,365 feet of solid Antarctic ice last week to attain an historic buried freshwater lake, experts keen to fill some gaps in Earth's history have been overjoyed. But they weren't the only kinds.
Seeing parallels in between Antarctica's subterranean Lake Vostok and suspected oceans beneath the ice-crusted moons of Jupiter and Saturn, experts browsing for life over and above Earth are eagerly next the Russian project.
They don't anticipate drinking water samples from Lake Vostok will maintain alien life, even though any life it is made up of may have taken a slightly different evolutionary path than what seems on the planet today. That's simply because Lake Vostok, the deepest and most isolated of Antarctica's subglacial lakes, has been cut off from the environment for at the very least 14 million years.
The lakes, which had been discovered via satellite imagery in the late 1990s, owe their existence to the thick Antarctic ice, which acts like a blanket to trap heat coming from inside Earth, maintaining water liquid.
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Finally, "Russian scientists have finally drilled down through four kilometres of Antarctic ice to a lake that has been sealed for the last 20 million years." Even more shocking, "this may not be the only surprise from sub-glacial Lake Vostok, a body of water as large as Lake Ontario." Continue reading for the news report.
On February 5th, more than twenty years after they first started drilling, Russian scientists finally broke through the last remaining layers of an ice sheet that has separated Lake Vostok from the rest of the world for twenty million years. But when Russian scientists first began boring their way through the ice above Vostok, they had no idea...
( via news.discovery.com )
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