Huge subglacial lake discovered underneath Antarctica's ice

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    Researchers have made an extraordinary discovery: a massive, 62-mile long, ribbon-shaped subglacial liquid lake underneath Antarctica's ice. The finding echoes the discovery of Lake Vostok in the latter half of the 20th Century, another Antarctic subglacial lake from which samples have been taken which contain evidence of life. This new lake is slightly smaller than Lake Vostok, but its closer proximity to an established research station means it could be more easily probed for life.
    The lake was discovered after researchers noticed that ice at the surface was unusually grooved on a large scale, indicating the potential presence of liquid water below. It appears connected to a massive canyon-- now considered the largest canyon system on Earth-- which was recently discovered using the same method. Subterranean channels leading away from the lake might still funnel flowing water into the ocean many miles away.

    http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wi...al-lake-discovered-underneath-antarcticas-ice
     
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  3. Schneibster Registered Member

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    I wonder how many more of these we'll find now that we're looking?

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    Whatever happen to the specie that were found at Lake Vostok what different characteristics they have ?
     
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    Apparently, newly discovered subglacial lake could host unknown, isolated life. If it’s a lake, then it means another pristine, uncontaminated environment that has been wholly free of external biological and evolutionary influences for uncounted millions of years. It means an important terrestrial analogue to those subsurface aqueous environments astronomers suspect may be lurking in the outer Solar System—beneath the surface of Europa and Enceladus, for instance.

    http://futurism.com/massive-lake-discovered-antarctica-may-harbor-ancient-extreme-life/
     
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