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Melting the ice in search of ancient microbes

Posted on Wednesday, 28 November, 2007 | Comment icon 1 comment

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"Researchers from the University of Delaware and the University of California at Riverside have thawed ice estimated to be at least a million years old from above Lake Vostok, an ancient lake that lies hidden more than two miles beneath the frozen surface of Antarctica."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Bear's Quest on 29 November, 2007, 0:39
"The borehole made to collect the ice is filled with a mixture of jet fuel, kerosene, and CFCs to keep it from closing,” Cary noted. “Since the lake has not had direct contact with the surface world for at least 15 million years, this would be a contamination of one of the most pristine environments on Earth,” he said." I guess its a little sacrifice they were willing to take. Hopefully we didn't pollute it for nothing, lets hope something good will come out of the results.

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