The Subglacial Lake Ellsworth Consortium is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council

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Subglacial Lake Ellsworth is one of the most pristine environments on Earth.  When drilling has completed and samples extracted the borehole will refreeze and the team will leave. In accordance with the Antarctic Treaty and its environmental protocols the team will:

 

environmental impact

keeping it clean

The protection of Antarctica’s environment is fundamental to the Lake Ellsworth programme. In compliance with the Antarctic Treaty’s Madrid Protocol a draft Comprehensive Environmental Evaluation was submitted to the Antarctic Treaty system by the Lake Ellsworth Consortium.

British Antarctic Survey’s Senior Environmental Manager  Rachel Clarke talks about the Comprehensive Environmental Evaluation