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Scientists Discover Life Under The Frozen Vostok Lake Of Antarctica

Out of Antarctica’s almost 400 subglacial lakes located under a glacier, such as an ice cap or an ice sheet, Lake Vostok is easily the largest, and perhaps one of the more recognized one. Located beneath Russia’s work station of the same name in East Antarctica, it’s also known for serving as host to many experiments, which it did back in 2015, when Russian scientists drilled a borehole into the ice to obtain saltwater sample, one that hasn’t been touched for around millions of years.

And now, a YouTube channel has reportedly revealed the forms of life that they have unexpectedly uncovered under.

Life Uder Lake Vostok

Released last month, the online documentary revealed that what was previously thought to be a lifeless lake is apparently home to organisms that lived under the toughest of conditions yet flourished all the same.

“When scientists decided to look under the ice of Antarctica, what they saw surprised not only ordinary people, but also the researchers themselves. It turns out, that under the ice of Antarctica there’s a whole lake, and it’s also quite large, about 5,800 square miles. The depth of the reservoir reaches about 1,200 meters. Since this reservoir was discovered near the Russian polar station Vostok, the lake was also given the same name,” the team stated in the documentary.

The documentary also added that the giant pond is apparently hidden under a layer of ice, and has a thickness of about 11,886 feet or around 3,263 meters.

“For this reason, the researchers did not expect to find even the smallest signs of life, in such harsh conditions, the temperature reaches -89C and the ice pressure exceeds the pressure of the moons of Jupiter and sunlight never breaks through. Few organisms living on Earth can survive in such an adverse environment, however, scientists still managed to find life in such extreme conditions,” the team added in the documentary.

According to the team that discovered it, the findings is not just useful for understanding our planet Earth better but also hints at what we can possibly find under the surface of Mars, seeing organisms are able to live under the toughest of conditions here.

antarctica-3883212_960_720 A station in the Antarctica. Photos by Pixabay (CC0)

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