MOSCOW, Russia (Feb. 07) – Lake Vostok is the largest of more than 140 subglacial lakes found under the surface of Antarctica. The overlying ice provides a continuous paleoclimatic record of 400,000 years, although the lake water itself may have been isolated for 15 to 25 million years.
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Reportedly, Russian scientists claim to have drilled through two miles of Antarctic ice to reach out Lake Vostok, which could hold a vast amount of scientific data - both about how lakes function below the surface of the ice in Antarctica and about the possibility of discovering previously unknown life forms.
International scientists reel between pleasure and anxiety after drilling reports from Russian news agency RIA Novosti. Nevertheless, scientists are excited at the prospect of being able to take samples of one of the last truly alien environments on Earth. But new discoveries will have to wait until the beginning of the next Antarctic summer, close to the end of 2012.
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