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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:15 AM

Lake Ellsworth Antarctic drilling project called off

Source: BBC

27 December 2012 Last updated at 10:08 GMT

Lake Ellsworth Antarctic drilling project called off

An ambitious mission to drill through 3km (1.8 miles) of Antarctic ice to a lake that has been sealed off for thousands of years has been cut short.

The team at Lake Ellsworth decided to call off the mission in the early hours of Christmas Day UK time.

They were unable to join the main borehole with a parallel hole that was to be used to recover drilling water.

The team is now "weatherising" the equipment and it is unclear when they will be able to resume the project.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20850360

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Surya Gayatri Dec 2012 #1

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:28 AM

1. The parallel hole is critical to avoid "polluting"

the ancient and isolated lake with microbes present in the more recent icewater.

They'd better get it right. Once the "micro-biological genie" is out of the bottle, you can never put it back.

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