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Russian Scientists Discover “Unidentified” Life In Lake Vostok (Updated: No, no they didn’t)

When I last wrote about Lake Vostok, Russian scientists had retrieved new water samples from the subglacial lake in Antarctica. This lake, if you remember, has existed deep beneath the Antarctic ice, isolated for about 20 million years. And, at the very least, the lake’s water has been free of any contamination or disturbance from …

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Russian Scientists Retrieve Sample From Lake Vostok

Last year, Russian scientists successfully drilled into Lake Vostok in Antarctica, a subglacial lake that has been sealed away for 20 million years. Given that it’s been hidden for so long, separated from the rest of the world, many believe it may hold unique microbial life. If it does, this will vastly increase the probability …

Buried In Ice For 2800 Years, Life Finds A Way

Scientists researching the frozen Lake Vida in East Antarctica have discovered living microbes, sealed away beneath the ice for 2800 years. They retrieved the bacteria by drilling some 27 meters into the ice, where it flourished in salty, unfrozen water. [quote]“[The bacteria] probably survive by metabolising the abundant quantities of hydrogen and oxides of nitrogen …

Russian Scientists Reach Buried Antarctic Lake

It was a close race against the harsh Antarctic winter, but Russian scientists have reportedly drilled into a lake that has been buried under ice for 20 million years. The lake, called Lake Vostok, remains liquid due to geothermal heat, which coincidentally is similar to the liquid oceans beneath the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. The …