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Team discovers sub-glacial lake from over 20,000 years ago

Researchers have provided new evidence that large sub-glacial lakes existed under the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during the last glacial period - around 20,000 years ago - a period when the ice was thicker and extended further than it does today.
Using sophisticated geochemical techniques to analyse the water trapped within sediment cores recovered from the sea-floor of Pine Island Bay, the team concludes that the area once featured several sub-glacial lakes, the largest of which was the size of Loch Lomond. The results were published this month in the journal Nature Communications.

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'New frontier' of Antarctic lake exploration
 
When a Russian drilling team reached Antarctica's Lake Vostok last week, they were able to claim a world first.
No one had previously penetrated one of the continent's sub-glacial lakes, prompting Valery Lukin from the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) in St Petersburg to liken his team's achievement to the Moon landings in 1969.
Whatever the comparison, it represents a remarkable feat.

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