The Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet), RUSSIA: A Window to the unknown world of sub-glacial Lake Vostok has been opened

The Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet), RUSSIA: A Window to the unknown world of sub-glacial Lake Vostok has been opened

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16 February 2012
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On 5 February 2012, at 20.25 Moscow time, an event, the anitcipation of which had kept the international scientific community and many members of the domestic and foreign mass media in suspense, took place at Russia's inland research station Vostok in Antarctica. Specialists with the glaciological and drilling unit of the 57th Russian Antarctic expedition penetrated the relict waters of sub-glacial Lake Vostok at a depth of 3769.30 meters through a deep ice borehole. The event was confirmed by the digital data of the drilling parameters, which were recorded with a video camera, and by the rising level of the [drilling] fluid in the borehole, as well as by the extracted water sample and core of lake ice, which is being stored at the Vostok ice-core depository. >> More

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