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Keywords:

  • West Antarctica;
  • subglacial Lake Whillans;
  • clean sampling;
  • WISSARD

A decade-long planning effort to drill through 800 meters of ice to directly and cleanly sample the waters and sediments of subglacial Lake Whillans in West Antarctica succeeded at 5:00 A.M. local time on 28 January. The effort “marks the first successful retrieval of clean whole samples from an Antarctic subglacial lake,” according to a 28 January statement from the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) project team.