HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Ice-covered antarctic lake may harbor unknown life

Microbes entirely unknown to science may exist in liquid water in Lake Vostok, thousands of meters beneath the Antarctic ice sheet. That possibility is one of several intriguing mysteries that justify undertaking the logistical challenges of exploring the lake, according to a new report from a workshop funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The report, "Lake Vostok: A Curiosity or a Focus for Interdisciplinary Study," concludes that the lake "may represent a unique region for detailed scientific investigation" for several reasons. Among them is the possibility that conditions under the ice may approximate those on Europa, a frozen moon of Jupiter, and so may indicate whether life may be able to exist in harsh conditions elsewhere in the solar system.

The report represents the conclusions reached by scientists from a variety of fields who met in Washington D.C. last November. The Lamont- Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University and the University of Hawaii jointly organized the meeting.

Lake Vostok is roughly the size of Lake Ontario in the United States. Vostok Station -- a Russian scientific outpost, which once recorded the lowest temperature on earth (-126.9 degrees Fahrenheit) -- is located in the vicinity of the lake. As part of a joint U.S., French and Russian research project, Russian teams have drilled down into the ice covering the lake, producing the world's deepest ice core. But drilling was deliberately stopped roughly 120 meters above where the ice and liquid water meet to prevent possible contamination.

The report concludes that Lake Vostok merits further scientific investigation, including devising a way to drill through the ice sheet to reach the water -- and lake-bottom sediments -- without contaminating them.

The report notes that that there are several reasons other than the possibility of discovering unknown forms of life for exploring the lake. Water
'"/>

Contact: Peter West
pwest@nsf.gov
703-306-1070
National Science Foundation
3-Aug-1999


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Water, sediments in ice-bound antarctic lakes may harbor unique microorganisms, ecosystems
2. NSF official describes hunt for antarctic meteorites related to new meteorite evidence of primitive life on Mars
3. Chicken litter harbors agents that generate antibiotic multi-resistance, according to UGA study
4. New study begins to unravel fate of toxic pollutants harbored in Arctic waters
5. Rutgers scientists to explore ocean depths off New York-New Jersey harbor
6. A lost world: Two previously unknown dinosaurs discovered in Antarctica
7. Fishing for photos of rare or unknown deep-sea creatures with an electronic jellyfish lure
8. Detecting bacteria in space: The good, the bad and the unknown
9. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute discover a previously unknown role for antibodies
10. New finding may identify unknown agents of mad-cow disease
11. Researchers reveal contaminated factory sites unknown to regulators

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/21/2020)... ALPHARETTA, Ga. (PRWEB) , ... ... ... provider of Human Capital IntegritySM technology-based services specializing in background and medical ... with their COVID-19 return-to-work planning and keeping their workforce safe. The new ...
(Date:5/15/2020)... ... May 15, 2020 , ... The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has ... in Frederick, Maryland and Tysons Corner, Virginia, to provide patent legal services under two ... in the field of chemistry. The firm is one of nine firms in the ...
(Date:5/6/2020)... Md. and LEXINGTON, Mass. (PRWEB) , ... May 06, 2020 , ... ... Hemanext Inc. , a privately held medical technology company dedicated to improving the quality, ... announce a new partnership that will help SCDAA deliver on its mission and meet ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/15/2020)... ... May 14, 2020 , ... This new service offers clients a way ... questions answered quickly as the need arises. Lachman’s OnCall SMEs have extensive knowledge of ... rates. , Lachman OnCall™ SMEs are available normal business hours Monday through Friday ...
(Date:5/14/2020)... ... May 13, 2020 , ... Early stages of drug ... or no information on the drug’s mechanism of action (MOA). Gene expression profiling ... measuring the activity of molecular pathways. This information can complement phenotypic readouts and ...
(Date:5/1/2020)... ... 2020 , ... The winners of Fast Company’s 2020 World ... that are actively engaged and deeply committed to changing the world. Amongst the ... top prize in the Experimental category. , The RASTRUM™ 3D Bioprinter from Inventia ...
(Date:4/22/2020)... ... April 21, 2020 , ... Ripple Science today announced ... trial teams are working remotely and have paused patient visits, forcing teams to ... their research during this uncertain time by giving research teams free access to ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: