Scientists are finally practicing a mysterious Antarctic Lake "double the size of Manhattan", buried below 3,500 feet of ice in an attempt to find out whether life exists there
- The water pool is officially known as subglacial Lake Mercer
- It measures nearly 62 square miles, and was discovered over a decade ago
- Is noticed only on satellite images, but has never been researched
- Initial tests have shown that the water is "pure as filtered water can be obtained"
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Scientists in Antarctica finally broke into a mysterious lake buried under more than 3,500 feet of ice in an attempt to discover whether life exists there.
The mercury bubbling lake is a hydraulically active lake that lies more than 1000 meters below the icy valley of Villance, a fast moving part of the ice-covered part of the West Antarctica.
The pool of water, known as subglacial Lake Mercer, measures nearly 62 square miles, was discovered more than a decade ago by satellite images, but has never been researched.
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Al Gagnon (left) and SALSA Marine Techs Michael Tepper-Rasmussen and Jack Greenberg (center and right) are testing the WHOI (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Gravity Corer that will be used to collect cores from a 10-meter and 20-meter sludge from the Mercer Subglacial Lake. Scientists in Antarctica finally broke into a mysterious lake buried under more than 3,500 feet of ice in an attempt to discover whether life exists there.
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The water basin, known under the Merkel subclassic lake, covers 160 square kilometers, twice as high as Manhattan.
It can be deep 10-15 meters
Despite temperatures likely to remain below 0 ° C, the lake does not freeze, due to the intense pressure from the ice above.
Antarctica hides more than 400 lakes under ice
This is one of the 400 lakes under the ice of Antarctica, and experts say that any life could raise hopes of finding similar organisms deep on Mars or on the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
The Scientific Research team of the underground Antarctic Lakes (SALSA) said that on December 26, two days of drilling had to be carried out to reach the Mercury subglacial lake.
The team melts through a huge frozen river with a warm-water exercise under high pressure.
"After the four-day troubleshooting components that supported themselves by seating for two winters on ice, the drum cup team started the hole in the main well on the evening of December 23 and reached the lake faster than expected at 22:30 on December 26th with a depth of a hole of 1084 meters, "it says.
A team of researchers – involving 45 scientists, buzzers and other staff members – could send an instrument through a well next day to the organization.
They will also reduce the remote-controlled vehicle through the hole to capture more shots and take more extensive measurements.
We hope that the tropical video cameras of the submersible will be able to record pictures of animals living in dark water.
"We do not know what will be there," Nature's Nature Priest, environmental ecologist at the Montana State University in Bozeman, told the nature and project leader.
Leading bumper Denis Daling (right) and JP Brent Christer (left) with hot water exercises before starting to fall 4,000 meters to the Mercer subglacial lake
"That's what makes it so much fun."
Some researchers drilled into a nearby, smaller subglacial pool called Lake Villens in 2013, and found it crowded with microbes.
A team of researchers – involving 45 scientists, bouts and other staff members – could send an instrument through a well next day
The water basin, known as Mercer's underground lake, is nearly 62 square miles, was discovered more than a decade ago by satellite images, but has never been researched.
The group plans to study the depth, temperature and cleanliness of the lake over the next few days.
Part of the drilling process involves taking samples from the exercise exercise to test its purity.
The water has been tested double by now, and both tests have shown that the water is "clean as filtered water can be obtained," according to SALSA PI Brent Christner.