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Scientific sources have told Ria Novosti that the team of Russian scientists drilling to get to Antartica’s Lake Vostok have reached their destination after 20 years of drilling.”Yesterday, our scientists stopped drilling at the depth of 3,768 meters and reached the surface of the sub-glacial lake,” the source told the Russian news agency today.
There had been fears about the crew’s safety after American colleagues said last week they had not heard from the Russian team for 5 days.
The discovery of the sub-glacial lake two miles beneath the ice could provide many scientific discoveries due to its isolated nature (it’s thought it hasn’t been exposed to air for 20 million years). There is hope that new microbiological lifeforms may be found, and one scientist told the AFP that study of the lake may be cruical for climate change scientists.
“From there, it is possible to identify and forecast certain climatic changes in the future. This is very important,” Sergei Lesenkov, spokesman for the Arctic and Antarctic Scientific Research Institute, told the AFP.
The lake is described as “alien” due to its unusual conditions — RT reports that the lake’s conditions resemeble lakes on Jupiter’s moon Europa.
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