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reach lake under Antarctica"
MOSCOW (AP) ‹ After more than two decades of drilling in
Antarctica, Russian scientists have reached the surface of a
gigantic freshwater lake hidden under miles of ice for some 20
million years ‹ a lake that may hold life from the distant past
and clues to the search for life on other planets.
Reaching Lake Vostok is a major discovery avidly anticipated by
scientists around the world hoping that it may allow a glimpse
into microbial life forms, not visible to the naked eye, that
existed before the Ice Age. It may also provide precious
material that would help look for life on the ice-crusted moons
of Jupiter and Saturn or under Mars' polar ice caps where
conditions could be similar.
"It's like exploring another planet, except this one is ours,"
Columbia University glaciologist Robin Bell told The Associated
Press by email.