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800 meters beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet, subglacial lake holds viable microbial ecosystems

August 21, 2014

colonies of bacteria In a newly published paper, Louisiana State University's Brent Christner, the paper's lead author and a researcher with the NSF-funded Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling, or WISSARD, project, hidden beneath a half-mile of ice in Antarctica is an unexplored part of our biosphere. WISSARD has provided a glimpse of the nature of microbial life that may lurk under more than 5 million square miles of ice sheet. Full Story

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