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Press Release 07-063

Report Offers Guidance on How to Safely Explore Vast Aquatic Systems Buried Under Antarctic Ice

Discussion of report will be part of June 6-7 committee meeting in Big Sky, Montana

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Subglacial lakes and rivers

An artist's representation of the aquatic system scientists believe is buried beneath the Antarctic ice sheet.

Credit: Zina Deretsky / NSF


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Lake Vostok cross-section

An artist's cross-section of Lake Vostok, the largest known subglacial lake in Antarctica. Liquid water is thought to take thousands of years to pass through the lake, which is the size of North America's Lake Ontario.

Credit: Nicolle Rager-Fuller / NSF


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