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

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the Lake Ellsworth mission

Over 5 years science, engineering and technology teams will design and build a probe to take water and sediment samples, set up camp and use a hot-water drill to penetrate the 3 km ice sheet.  This is fascinating a search for life in an extreme environment and a quest to find the secrets in the sediments ...             read more

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Is to collect water and sediment samples to determine the presence, origin and evolution of life in the lake and to reveal the past glacial history of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

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Is to design, build and deploy hot water drilling technology and a sophisticated probe to penetrate the ice and sample the lake without contamination

 

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Is to get all the heavy equipment, temporary accommodation and scientific instruments required for a successful experiment to understand Antarctica’s hidden world

 

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