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secrets in the sediments

Collecting a sediment core from a lake that is pitch black, has been sealed off for tens of thousands if not millions on years will answer big science questions. What is the possibility of life on other planets? What can we learn about the evolution of life on Earth?  How can we understand the ancient history of oceans and ice sheets?

Collecting a sample from the sediments locked beneath subglacial Lake Ellsworth is the perfect opportunity to find out about the fundamentals of life on Earth.

 

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Clues to the past

Dr Dominic Hodgson, British Antarctic Survey and Professor Mike Bentley, the University of Durham

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