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Digging Deeper Below Antarctica's Lake Vida

September 14, 2009

polar graphic Two University of Illinois at Chicago geoscientists will lead an exploration of Antarctica's perpetually ice-covered Lake Vida, site of one of the most extreme environments on Earth for living organisms. The team will drill through the lake's ice cap, and take the first-ever samples of the underlying brine and sediment. Full Story

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