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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 06:01 AM

Lake Ellsworth: Drilling effort runs into trouble

A British attempt to search for life in an ancient lake beneath the Antarctic ice-sheet has run into trouble.

The team has reported "a serious problem" with the main boiler used to heat the water that powers a drill.

Work was halted on Saturday in what could prove to be a major blow to the project to investigate sub-glacial Lake Ellsworth.

The aim is to use 90C water to blast a hole through the two-mile-thick ice-sheet to reach the lake waters below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20755450

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