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Antarctic lake mission reports historic breakthrough

Courtesy of Ross Powell and Reed Scherer, Northern Illinois Univ., data recovery from the ROV
By Quirin Schiermeier Nature January 28, 2013

The more than 300 lakes discovered in the last couple of decades beneath the mighty Antarctic ice sheet have been sealed from the outside world for probably several million years. Today, a team of US Antarctic researchers proudly announced they have accessed one of the last unexplored frontiers on Earth.

At 05.00 a.m. local time, the WISSARD (Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling) field team hit the shallow waters of Lake Whillans, a small subglacial lake beneath 800-metre-thick ice at the margin of the West Antarctica’s ice sheet.

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