Drilling begins at lake hidden beneath Antarctic
David Shukman Science editor
A British research team in Antarctica has launched a long-awaited project to hunt for life in a lake hidden beneath the ice-sheet.A team of 12 scientists and engineers has begun work at remote Lake Ellsworth.They are using a high-pressure hose and sterilised water at near boiling point to blast a passage through more than two miles of ice.The aim is to analyse ice waters isolated for up to 500,000 years.The team of 12 scientists and engineers is using sterilised water at near boiling point to blast a passage through the ice to waters isolated for up to half a million years.The process of opening a bore-hole is expected to last five days and will be followed by a rapid sampling operation before the ice refreezes.
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I find this really exciting -who knows what they may find?
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