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Press Release 13-011

In a Scientific and Engineering Breakthrough, NSF-funded Team Samples Antarctic Lake Beneath the Ice Sheet

Samples may contain microbes from an ecosystem isolated for thousands of years, with implications for the search for life elsewhere in extreme environments

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Borehole camera iamge

An image from the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling project (WISSARD) borehole camera is shown.

Credit: The Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling Project


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Frank Rack, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Frank Rack, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, at the WISSARD test-driliing site in December 2012.

Credit: Peter West, NSF


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ice sheet schematic

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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