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Media Advisory


NSF PA/M 02-30 - May 23, 2002

Webcast: Press Conference to Highlight Research at Antarctica's Lake Vostok

An international panel of scientists will discuss research conducted at Lake Vostok in Antarctica at a press conference on Tuesday, May 28, as part of the American Geophysical Union's 2002 Spring Meeting. The panel will include two U.S. scientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as one from Russia and one from France.

NSF webcast the press conference live at 3 p.m. EDT. View the archived webcast at:

Lake Vostok, located thousands of meters beneath Russia's Vostok Station, is comparable in size and depth to one of the North American Great Lakes. There is evidence that its waters may contain microbial life. Exploration of the lake to determine whether life exists there will be an international effort requiring the development of ultra-clean technologies to prevent contamination. The lake's physical characteristics have also led scientists to argue that it might serve as an earthbound analog for Europa, a moon of Jupiter. Confirmation that life can survive in Lake Vostok could indicate that life may exist on Europa.

For information about how to phone questions in to the press conference, see:



J. C. Priscu, Montana State University
Robin E. Bell, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
Jean Robert Petit, LGGE/CNRS, St. Martin D'Heres, France
Sergei Bulat, Division of Molecular and Radiation Biophysics, Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Russian Federation


Webcast press conference on Lake Vostok


3 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, May 28

For more information contact:
Peter West (703) 292-8070/



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