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Discussions Discussion Life in the Universe
Reese Turlington, Feb. 20, 2012

Russians drill into Lake Vostok, begin search for life under Antartica’s surface:

Russian researchers reported Wednesday that they had reached Lake Vostok, which is located in the central part of Atartica, approximately 800 miles East of the South Pole. This ancient freshwater lake was buried under 12,365 feet of ice, and is believed to have been cut off from the atmosphere for at least 14 million years - a pristine body of water untouched by light or wind. They want to know what type of microbial life — bacteria too small to see — might exist there.

If scientists find these tiny germs in Lake Vostok, it bolsters already strong hope that elsewhere in our solar system, life also might exist where once it didn’t seem possible.


Reese Turlington

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Discussions Discussion Daredevils and Stunts
Elsa Maestra, Oct. 13, 2011

When I read the news today that two Arctic Trucks AT44 Expedition vehicles made the 2308km journey to the South Pole in 4.5 days, a new record, I couldn’t help but wonder how Amundsen and Scott would have reacted.


A hundred years ago, it took the Norwegian, Roald Amundsen, over two months to reach the South Pole and become the first man to do so in recorded history. He beat the Brit, Robert F. Scott, by 34 days. Amundsen’s achievement was attributed to careful planning, luck and the capable use of skis and sled dogs. Scott’s team died of cold and starvation on the return trip.

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