It is good to see these water time capsules been sampled. We may get ancient DNA to compare with present DNA. That is certainly worthwhile even if it proves little change.
A more interesting trick would be to actually drive a vertical shaft and set up a work station. 3,500 feet is not that bad and within the capacity of our tech. Using a pressure head that can cut through the ice followed by a stack of concrete ring sections should work. An initial slip ring could allow advances to happen in steps by heating the surfaces.
All good though.
- The pool of water is officially known as Subglacial Lake Mercer
- Measures nearly 62 square miles, and was discovered more than a decade ago
- Has only been spotted on satellite images but has never been explored
- Initial tests showed the water was 'as clean as filtered water can get'
Al Gagnon (left) and SALSA Marine Techs Michael Tepper-Rasmussen and Jack Greenberg (center and right) test the WHOI (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Gravity Corer that will be used to collect 10-foot and 20-foot sediment cores from Mercer Subglacial Lake. Scientists in Antarctica have finally drilled into a mysterious lake buried under more than 3,500 feet of ice in a bid to find out if life exists there.