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:
protect the Lake and its surrounding environment from contaminants
utilise clean technology and design to avoid any accidental contamination or introduction
of microbes into the lake
contain all waste and remove from site at the end of the project
make every effort to minimise the impact of fossil fuel emissions
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