Last scientists have drilled into Antarctic's secret lake & # 39; twice the size of Manhattan & buried below 3,500 feet in the claim to find out if there is life in
- The water is officially named as Lake Mercer Subglacial
- Ceuman almost 62 square miles, and found more than ten years ago
- It has only been seen on satellite images but has never been checked
- The original tests showed that the water was so clean and it could get cracked water & # 39;
Mark Prigg For Dailymail.com
Antarctica scientists have the final drill into a secret lake that has been buried under more than 3,500 feet in trying to find out if there is life.
Lake Mercer Subglacial is an unusually active lake that lies over 1000 meters below the Whillans Ice Pass, a rapidly moving section of the Western Antarctic Icehouse.
The water pool, known as Subglacial Lake Mercer, measuring almost 62 square miles, found more than ten years ago through satellite images but never been inspected.
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Al Gagnon (left) and the Marine Technology of SALSA, Michael Tepper-Rasmussen and Jack Greenberg (central and right) are testing the Gravity Corer WHOI (Institute of Wood Floods) that will be used to gather sedimentary 10 -tree and collect 20 feet from Mercer Subglacial Loch. Antarctica scientists have the final drill into a secret lake that has been buried under more than 3,500 feet in trying to find out if there is life.
WHAT IS THE LAKE LAKE?
The water pool, known as the Subglacial Lake Mercer, comprises a 160 square kilometer cover, two times the size of Manhattan.
It may be 10-15 meters deep
Despite temperatures that tend to remain below 0 ° C, the lake does not cause frost, due to the severe emergence from the above.
Antarctic hides over 400 lochs under ice
It is one of 400 Antarctic ice lochs – and experts say that any life can create hopes to do it; Finding organisms similar to Mars or the moors of Iupiter and Saturn.
The SALSA team said it had two days of climbing to reach Mercer Subglacial Lake on December 26.
The team stretched the way through a frozen river with a high water drill drill.
After four days of the components of difficulties that had been done; throw and remove from a & # 39; sitting over two winter on ice, the Drile Team started to drill her & her; main holebox on the afternoon of December 23 and reached the lake faster than 10:30 pm on December 26 with a depth of 1084 meters, said.
A team of researchers – which includes 45 scientists, drillters and other staff – with a & # 39; A group capable of placing an instrument dumping the next day's hole.
They also reduce vehicle run down the hole to take more pictures and take a wider measure.
It is hoped that three three-video video cameras can capture images of animals that live in the darkest water.
We do not know what a & # 39; going there, & said John Priscu, a lake expert at the Montana State University at Bozeman and his director. the Nature project.
Lead Driller Dennis Duling (nice) and PI Brent Christner (left) with the hot water drill minds before starting the 4,000-foot trip to Mercer Subglacial Lake
And that's what makes it so funny.
Some of the researchers were dropped into an uncomfortable pool near Lake Whillans in 2013, and found it to grow with microbes.
A team of researchers – including 45 scientists, drilllers and other staff – with a & # 39; A group capable of placing an instrument dumping the next day's hole
The water tank, known as Subglacial Lake Mercer, measuring almost 62 square miles, has been found more than ten years ago through satellite images but has never been explored.
The group intends to investigate the depth, temperature and cleanliness of the loch over the next few days.
Part of the drill process involves sampling the drill water to determine its cleaning.
The water was tested twice until now, and both tests showed that the water was so clean and cold, in the words SALSA PI Brent Christner.