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March 9th
12:18 PM
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laughingsquid:

Researchers Discover ‘Unclassified’ Bacteria in Antarctic Lake

from Rianovosti »

“If it were found on Mars, people would call it Martian DNA. But this is DNA from Earth”…
Suspense over life under Antarctic ice has been building ever since drilling began in 1989 to reach Lake Vostok, which could have been isolated from the outside world as early as 17 million years ago. Drilling through the ice without contaminating the lake took the Russian team at Station Vostok, located just above the lake, 23 years to complete.

laughingsquid:

Researchers Discover ‘Unclassified’ Bacteria in Antarctic Lake

from Rianovosti »

“If it were found on Mars, people would call it Martian DNA. But this is DNA from Earth”…

Suspense over life under Antarctic ice has been building ever since drilling began in 1989 to reach Lake Vostok, which could have been isolated from the outside world as early as 17 million years ago. Drilling through the ice without contaminating the lake took the Russian team at Station Vostok, located just above the lake, 23 years to complete.

February 6th
2:00 PM

Russian Scientists reach ancient Antarctic lake

After decades of drilling , Russian scientists have finally managed to pierce through Antarctica’s ice sheet to reveal the secrets of a unique sub-glacial lake, Vostok, that has been sealed there for the past 20 million years…

…The discovery of the hidden lakes of Antarctica in the 1990s sparked much enthusiasm among scientists all over the world. Some think the ice cap above and at the edges have created a hydrostatic seal with the surface that has prevented lake water from escaping or anything else from getting inside.

Lake Vostok could also offer a glimpse of what conditions exist for life in similar extreme conditions on Mars and Jupiter’s moon, Europa, according to RedOrbit scientific news portal.  >continue<

images via RIANOVSTI infographic

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