Images: Lake Vostok microbes
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Caption: Water and sediments in ice-bound Antarctic lakes may harbor unique microorganisms and ecosystems. Liquid lakes buried thousands of meters below the Antarctic ice sheet are likely the home to unique habitats and creatures that thrive in them.
Credit: NSF/John Priscu, Montana State University at Bozeman
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Microscopic images of bacteria found in melt samples taken from ice are thought to be refrozen from the waters of Lake Vostok.
Credit: courtesy of David M. Karl, University of Hawaii, et al
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