Russians “Close” to Drilling Into Antarctica’s Lake Vostok

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/02/120206-russia-lake-vostok-antarctica-drilling-science-glacier/

Would be first to breach a subglacial lake on the frozen continent.

There has been speculations that the drilling will contaminate the lake water, and so the process has been slowed and taken into very careful observation. “The team, for example, was to use a hot-water drill during the last few meters to prevent any foreign material from entering the lake environment.”

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