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Deep under Antarctica, looking for signs of life

Courtesy of Ross Powell and Reed Scherer, Northern Illinois Univ., data recovery from the ROV
By James Gorman New York Times January 14, 2013

Three major scientific projects set out this season to seek evidence of life in lakes deep under the Antarctic ice — evidence that could provide clues in the search for evidence of life elsewhere in the solar system, perhaps in Mars’s past, or even now under the surface of Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons. But only one of the projects, a $10 million expedition from the United States, has a chance of identifying long-hidden microbes before the weather on the frigid continent puts an end to drilling in about a month.

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