Scientists have yet another Antarctic subglacial lakes

Project WISSARDreported that a team of American explorers managed to penetrate the Antarctic subglacial Lake Uillans. Depth wells are carried hot sterile water was 801 meters. Experts have already started to collect information — the IA "Rosbalt".

American explorers profit Uillans to Lake, located in 643 kilometers from South Pole, January 13, 2013. Then for ten days was being prepared for drilling. Mark in the 700 meters, researchers have been on the night of January 25, after which the experts examined the well and continued drilling at a lower rate. January 27 the water level in the well rose, indicated that the penetration into the lake.

It is noted that in the near future, scientists plan to expand the well, then it will be omitted scientific instruments and start collecting samples.

To date, the Antarctica seismologically confirmed the existence of more than three hundred sub-glacial lakes. A study of some of them important for the study of the biology of extremophiles — organisms that can live in extreme conditions. In addition, studies of subglacial lake sediments will allow scientists to obtain data on the history of the movement of glaciers.

In addition to American studies of lakes in Antarctica occupied by Russian and British experts. In particular, the British are undertaking a drilling project Lake Ellsworth,
located in the western part of the Antarctic. Drilling of the project was suspended in early January 2013 due to the inability to connect primary and secondary wells. Drilling is planned to continue in the next season.

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