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Video: The Search for Life in Remote Lake Ellsworth
By Angela Messina, December 13, 2012 @ 11:15 AM (EST)
Source: BBC Science and Environment

For the first time ever, researchers are conducting the complex task of searching for life in the remote Lake Ellsworth in Antarctica.

The lake lays buried under two miles of ice and has been isolated from the outside world for up to half a million years. Any organisms that live in this environment would need to survive a complete lack of sunlight and extreme pressure.

The team of British scientists and engineers must use sterilized tools to drill through the ice and then lower a camera and sample collection system into the lake to gather data. Due to the complex nature of the task, they have only one chance to get it right.

Drilling began yesterday, on Wednesday, December 12th.

Watch the video on BBC Science & Environment.

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