Monday, January 16, 2012

British explorers prepare to drill into lost Antarctic world buried for a million years almost two miles beneath the ice

British explorers are preparing to drill through almost two miles of ice into an Antarctic lake as they seek clues about life one million years ago.

The team used a 'tractor train' to tow nearly 70 tonnes of equipment to the Lake Ellsworth drilling site which is one of the most hostile environments on earth as they prepare for the operation.

They will return in November to collect water and sediment from the buried lake using space industry standard 'clean technology'.

They hope the samples will provide clues about the Earth's past climate.

It could also help scientists assess the present-day stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and implications for future rises in the sea level. Read More