Previously unknown lake system found in Antarctica
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 84, Issue 1, page 2, 7 January 2003
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2003), Previously unknown lake system found in Antarctica, Eos Trans. AGU, 84(1), 2–2, doi:10.1029/2003EO010003.(
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There may be nothing new under the Sun. But under the deep ice in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, geophysical scientists believe they may have uncovered a previously unknown lacustrine ecosystem, which they have named Lake Vida.
Beneath 19 meters of ice—the thickest non-glacial lake ice cover on Earth—researchers, including Peter Doran of the University of Illinois at Chicago, have reported finding an “ice-sealed” lake. They concluded that this ice seal distinguishes Lake Vida from other lakes that receive meltwater below a floating ice cover and that annually exchange gases with the atmosphere.