MISSION TO REACH PREHISTORIC LAKE OVER
Sunday December 30th, 2012
BRITISH MISSION TO REACH PREHISTORIC LAKE CALLED OFF
A mission to bore a hole through nearly 2 miles of ice in the Antarctic has been called off. The British survey team hoped to reach Lake Ellsworth which has remained untouched for half a million years. The £8mil project was aimed at the possibility of investigating early life forms and may have contributed to life theories on places like Jupiterís natural satellite Europa. They also intended to chart the continents past climates through sediment samples.
Unfortunately the mission ran into trouble when they were unable to connect the main borehole to a parallel hole designed to recover the near boiling water used to drill despite. The teamís disappointment has been compounded in the light of a similar US mission that is hoping to begin drilling in Lake Whillans in Antarctica in January or February.
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