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Drill kit begins journey to Antarctica's Lake Ellsworth

A daring project to explore an ancient lake hidden beneath the Antarctic ice moves closer to reality this weekend.
A huge load of essential equipment is starting the long journey by ship from the UK to the far South.
Probes to delve into the pitch-black waters of remote Lake Ellsworth are packed for one of the most difficult science missions of recent years.

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 Key tests in search for life in frozen Antarctic lake

Crucial training has begun for a project to search for life in a lake hidden beneath the Antarctic ice-sheet.
Scientists and engineers are rehearsing the most challenging stages of the drilling operation planned for Lake Ellsworth.
The goal is to gather samples of water and sediment in a hunt for microbial organisms and clues about past climate.

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Antarctic lake drilling mission edges closer

An ambitious plan to explore a vast lake trapped beneath the Antarctic ice is a step closer to becoming reality.
An advance party has braved freezing temperatures to set up vital equipment and supplies at Lake Ellsworth.

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ANTARCTICA'S HIDDEN LAKE: Earth's past could be revealed


British scientists have plans to be the first to drill through three kilometres of solid ice to reach a lake hidden for half a million years.



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Engineering team heads to Antarctica to explore hidden lake

A Northumbria University scientist's work has helped pave the way for a British engineering team to launch the first stage of their mission to explore a hidden lake in Antarctica.
For nearly ten years Dr John Woodward, from the School of the Built and Natural Environment, has been part of a team that has worked to identify a suitable location to drill into sub-glacial Lake Ellsworth, which is hidden beneath three kilometres of ice. Next week, a British engineering team from the Subglacial Lake Ellsworth consortium will make a journey of almost 16,000km from the UK to the lake on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

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Antarctic lake mission targets life and climate signs

A pioneering British expedition to sample a lake under the Antarctic ice hopes to find unknown forms of life and clues to future climate impacts.
The mission will use hot water to melt its way through ice 3km thick to reach Lake Ellsworth, which has been isolated from the outside world for at least 125,000 years - maybe a million.

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Latitude, 79.00 S; Longitude, 90.50 W.



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