Antarctic scientists received a unique gift at Christmas time: access to a mysterious lake buried under more than 3,500 feet of ice.
It took about two days for the Mercer Subglacial Lake at Mercer Subglacial Lake to be reached December 26, announced scientific access to the subglacial Antarctic Lakes (SALSA) in a blog post.
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The group plans to investigate depth, temperature and cleanliness of the lake over the next few days.
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"We do not know what we'll find," said John Priscu, chief scientist at SALSA, to the environmental news site "Eherher Monday". "We're just learning, it's just the second time this has been done."
The SALSA team flew to Mercer Subglacial Lake on December 19th and began drilling a few days later, on December 23rd.
"Part During the drilling process, the drilling water was sampled to test its cleanliness, the water has been tested twice so far, and both tests showed that the water is" as clean as filtered water, "says SALSA PI Brent Christner . "SALSA explained. "The drilling water is passed through filters that trap 99.9% of the bacteria and particles."
The organization has scheduled at least eight days for the lake's water and sediment extraction, as stated in a previous blog post.
Priscu said to Earther The researchers hope to get more information about life, which is thousands of feet under ice, and find that it will take years to study all the samples they collect.
have ever accessed Antarctica, "said Matt Siegfried, a glaciologist and SALSA member, to Earther." [So] It will take some time to process the "most exciting part [is]."
The Mercer Subglacial Lake was first discovered by satellite more than ten years ago, according to Nature. There are supposedly about 400 lakes that hide under the ice sheets of the Antarctic.