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November 2013– 1 year on

In the early hours of 25th December 2012, an attempt to explore Subglacial Lake Ellsworth deep beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet was called off. This UK project, involving the British Antarctic Survey, the National Oceanography Centre and several Universities, had been in planning for over 10 years. The ambition was to access the lake using a specially-engineered hot-water drill through 3 km of ice and, using the hole created deploy probes to take samples and measurements to look for life in the lake and acquire records of past ice and climate change. Read more

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To find out how the 2012 field season went read our blog

Ellsworth 1 year on.  Read Update from Professor Martin Siegert