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

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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.

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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

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the search for life

secrets in the sediments

search for life
secrets in the sediments
search for life
secrets in the sediments