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Antarctica: Digging For Secrets Beneath The Ice (Video)

Thursday, November 2, 2017 8:04
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Digging for the Secrets Beneath Antarctica 
Scientists have found life in the depths beneath the ice.
The Antarctica most kept secret has been explained in this video.
Secret Beneath the Ice.
There is a secret coverup that has been going on beneath the ice and this video seeks to reveal it in detail.

In early January, the start of summer in Antarctica, a dozen tractors towing sleds laden with 1.2 million pounds of scientific equipment completed a two-week trek from the United States’ McMurdo Station to a site 614 miles across the ice. More than 20 researchers who had arrived by plane used the gear to bore a hole nearly half a mile into the ice—becoming the first people ever to fetch a clean sample from one of the continent’s hidden lakes, arguably the most pristine bodies of water on the planet . What they found promises to open a new chapter in our understanding of life on earth.

For several decades at least, scientists have known that vast chambers filled with water lie untouched beneath Antarctica’s 5.4-million- square-mile ice sheet. With remote sensing tools, they have mapped nearly 300 subglacial lakes, kept from freezing by geothermal warmth. Any organisms living there, scientists think, might be unlike earth’s other residents, having been locked away for up to millions of years.

Members of the U.S.–led Whillans Ice Stream Sub­glacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) project targeted a lake at the southeastern edge of the Ross Ice Shelf. More than 2,000 feet beneath the surface, Lake Whillans covers around 20 square miles. Over three days, the researchers used hot water to drill a 20-inch-wide hole down to the lake before sending a robotic submarine in for pictures and videos. The team then spent four days—working around the clock in the brutal cold—pulling up water and sediment from the lake’s bottom. Avoiding contamination was a major concern: The hot water flowing into the bore hole at 30 gallons per minute was filtered and, to kill remaining microbes, pulsed with ultraviolet light. The remote sub, cameras and cables were also sterilized.

In laboratories set up in shipping containers, scientists right away found signs of life in the lake—the first evidence of its kind. Cells were visible under a microscope. And tests showed evidence of ATP, a phosphorus-containing compound that helps regulate energy in living cells. The findings suggest a “huge sub-ice aquatic ecosystem” swimming with microbes, says John C. Priscu, an ecologist at Montana State University and WISSARD chief scientist. “We’re giving the world the first glimpse of what its like under this huge Antarctic ice sheet that was previously thought to be dead.”

 

 

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