An effort to bore through two miles of Antarctic ice to reach Lake Ellsworth has had to be aborted.
The ambitious project was aimed at providing scientists with a unique opportunity to study what life forms could be living in such an extreme and isolated environment. Using a mechanism that blasts hot water the team hoped to bore down through the ice to reach their goal, but despite three years of planning and a budget of over £8 million the project ultimately failed.
The main problem was that the hot water ended up leaking in to the ice around the bore hole and as a result the team were unable to get further than 300m down. Eventually it was determined that they didn't have enough fuel to reach the target and as a result the decision was made to abort the effort.
"An ambitious mission to drill through Antarctic ice to a lake that has been sealed off for thousands of years has been cut short."
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Source: BBC News
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