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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 14:15.

Scientists Find Dozens of Lakes Buried Far Below Greenland's Ice

Scientists Find Dozens of Lakes Buried Far Below Greenland's Ice

For decades, scientists working in Antarctica have been documenting subglacial lakes, bodies of water buried miles beneath the ice. They’ve spotted more than 400 of them, and even drilled into a few and found evidence for both living and long-dead lifeforms . But despite their ubiquity at the bottom of the world, no one had really looked to see if subglacial lakes were widespread beneath the...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 12, 2019 at 16:39.

Scientists Just Melted a Hole Through 3,500 Feet of Ice to Reach a Mysterious Antarctic Lake

Scientists Just Melted a Hole Through 3,500 Feet of Ice to Reach a Mysterious Antarctic Lake

While you were baking cookies and binging Netflix shows over Christmas, a team of about 50 scientists, drillers, and support staff was attempting to punch through nearly 4,000 feet of ice to access an Antarctic subglacial lake for just the second time in human history. And folks, they did it.

On Friday, the Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access (SALSA) team announced they’d reached Lake...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jan 19, 2019. 16 comments

Report: Evidence of Life Found in Lake Deep Beneath Antarctic Ice

Report: Evidence of Life Found in Lake Deep Beneath Antarctic Ice

Scientists have found the bodies of tardigrades, algae, diatoms, and small crustaceans in a body of water buried beneath over a kilometer of Antarctic ice, according to a news report from Nature.

The results come from the Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access (SALSA) project, which had previously announced that it would explore the water, called Lake Mercer, with a 60-centimeter-wide...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Dec 19, 2018. 3 comments

The Machines That Spy on Antarctica's Hidden Lakes

The Machines That Spy on Antarctica's Hidden Lakes
Extreme Field WorkA series about how science gets done in Earth's weirdest, wildest environments, from the bottom of the ocean to erupting volcanoes.  

The solar panels stood tall against the icy expanse as the four-person team approached on snowmobile. GZ20 hadn’t seen visitors in a year, having endured yet another brutal Antarctic winter since the last time its human caretakers checked in....

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Dec 13, 2018. 18 comments

Antarctic Scientists Are About to Drill Into One of the Most Isolated Lakes on Earth

Antarctic Scientists Are About to Drill Into One of the Most Isolated Lakes on Earth

Buried beneath 4,000 feet of Antarctic ice lies Lake Mercer, a subglacial body of water that formed thousands of years ago and has been long separated from the rest of the world. A project to explore this lake—and its mysterious contents—is finally set to begin later this month.

Called Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access, or SALSA for short, the project aims to uncover new knowledge...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Apr 13, 2018. 6 comments

Canadian Scientists Discover Freakishly Salty Lakes Hidden Under Giant Glacier

Canadian Scientists Discover Freakishly Salty Lakes Hidden Under Giant Glacier

Researchers working in the Canadian high north have discovered two super-salty lakes buried deep beneath the Arctic ice. Untouched for thousands of years, the subglacial lakes may provide a tantalizing glimpse into the kinds of alien life that might exist on Europa and Enceladus, two ice-covered moons in the far reaches of our Solar System.

The two subglacial lakes, located at depths of 1,800...

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