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US Drillers Reached Lake Whillans Hidden Beneath Antarctic Ice

Jan 31, 2013 11:53 IST

Scientists from the US in the last week of January 2013 successfully drilled into the lake called Lake Whillans, which was buried around 1 kilometre beneath the Antarctic Ice. Scientists described that the sensors which were there on the drill system detected a change in the pressure, which hinted towards the fact that it had made some contact with the undiscovered lake.

After detecting a change in the pressure, the scientists sent down the camera in order to verify this breakthrough. The Whillans project is one among various projects started by the scientists to investigate about the buried lakes of Antarctica. The Whillans project researchers now want to comprehend the water flow beneath the glaciers into the Southern Ocean as well as the rate at which the Antarctic ice is melting.

Back in December 2012, a team of British scientists had abandoned their efforts to explore the Lake Ellsworth after they faced certain technical difficulties. The Russian scientists too took note of the water samples from the Lake Vostok, but they do not have any big discovery about it yet.

About Lake Whillans

Lake Whillans lies towards the west of Antarctica. It is situated on the southeastern edge of the Ross Sea. As a matter of fact, it is not exactly a lake, but a dense system of the streams, which in turn look like a delta which spreads over around 60 square kilometres. The liquid in the lake is a bit shallow, merely a few metres in terms of depth.

As of now, over 300 large water bodies have been discovered under the Antarctic.

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