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Scientists have located the ideal drill site for the first ever exploration of an Antarctic sub-glacial lake, a development that is likely to facilitate a revolution in climate-change research and which may lead to the discovery of life-forms cut off from the main line of evolution for millions of years. No one has yet drilled into an Antarctic sub-glacial lake. But microbiologists believe that such lakes could harbor uniquely adapted life-forms cut off from other lines of evolution.
Originally posted by sandri_90
Originally posted by Maxmars
We all need to hope that they never find oil in the vicinity of this lake... or heaven forbid, under it.
I wonder how serious they are about not contaminating the lake with microbial forms of life from the surface?
Will they implement an isolation protocol? Will the equipment be specially sterilized or irradiated to avoid cross-contamination? Or would that make the research too expensive?