Lake Vostok Water Ice Has Been Obtained
Break out the vodka. The first confirmed sample of water from the subsurface Lake Vostok in Antarctica has been retrieved.
Almost a year ago, in February 2012 Russian scientists and engineers drilled to a depth of nearly 4,000 meters in the ice above Lake Vostok – a 1,300 cubic mile volume of liquid water thought to have formed some 20 million years ago and to have been effectively isolated from the outside world for at least 100,000 years and possibly for millions of years. This was the culmination of a 23 year effort to reach the lake.