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Water temperature averages a comparatively balmy 33oF. Salt water temperature will drop to about 280F before it freezes.post by txMEGAlithic[/url]
According to this site, the water isn't as cold as I would have guessed. Around 30 degrees is cold, don't get me wrong. This is talking about salt water.....Is the water under the ice sheets fresh water or salt? I assumed when they say 'Lake' under the ice they are referring to fresh water.
More on Antarctica
A few interesting bits of info on this site.
Despite the success, a bitterness lingers among Russian scientists that they were forced to suspend drilling for years over international criticism of their environmental standards. To answer concerns that drilling fluid could pollute the pristine lake, the Russian team engineered new technology.
Originally posted by mark1167
reply to post by txMEGAlithic
Cool video. The one thing I noticed after watching the shrimp is why is the ice patterned like that? What are those black sections in the ice and why are they so uniformed and consistent all the way down? Doesn't really look like sediment which is what I thought at first. Hmmm?