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NSF PA/M 02-30 - May 28, 2002

NSF Webcasts Press Conference Highlighting Research at Antarctica's Lake Vostok

All photos: Peter West/National Science Foundation

An international panel of scientists discussed research conducted at Lake Vostok in Antarctica during a press conference on Tuesday, May 28, as part of the American Geophysical Union's 2002 Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. The panelists, from the left, are: Robin Bell of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Jean Robert Petit of France's Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement du CNRS; Sergei Bulat of Russia's Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute; and John Priscu of Montana State University.

Panelists photo

Photo of Priscu

Priscu introduces the subject of subglacial lake exploration and briefly reviews where researchers are today and where they hope to be in 10 years.

Photo of Bell

Bell explains the dynamic interactions between water and ice at Lake Vostok, using an animation based on her analysis of radar data.

Photo of Petit

Petit briefs reporters on the chemical composition of lake ice, x-ray tomography, and likely hot spots beneath the lake.


Photo of Bulat

Bulat describes the meticulous processing of ice core samples to avoid contamination and the findings from DNA work on accretion ice.


Photo of Petit, Bulat and reporters

After the brief presentations, the panelists respond to questions from members of the news media.

The archived webcast is available for viewing.

For more information, see:

Photo of Bell and a reporter

Photo of Priscu and reporters




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