There are over 360 subglacial lakes in Antarctica. For years scientists have speculated
that clues to the Earth’s past climate may be locked in lake sediments and that unique
forms of life may have adapted to these extraordinary habitats.The only way to find
out is to explore ....
The collection and analysis of water samples will help determine the presence, origin,
evolution and maintenance of life in an Antarctic subglacial lake. This will answer
the big question about whether, and in what form, microbial life exists in Lake Ellsworth.
Lake-floor sediments from hold clues about the past environment and glacial history
of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Analysis will determine the date of the last decay
of the ice sheet - critical for assessing the present-day stability and the likely
consequences for future sea-level rise