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Antarctica has a giant lake hiding under the ice – “Unique life forms” may be there, too

by Todd Haselton | April 27, 2016April 27, 2016 5:37 am PST


New data suggests that there is a massive lake hiding under the ice in Antarctica. I know what you’re thinking: So what? Bunch of cold water, Todd. But it sounds like there might actually be some pretty cool stuff swimming around in the lake.

New Scientist said that researchers are particularly excited “because of the possibility that they could harbour unique life forms that may have existed in isolation, locked under ice for millions of years.” They might not be alive, but this could be the real-life unveiling of Eninco Man. One scientist said the lake is about 10km wide and 100km long.

Wondering why it took so long to find a massive lake hiding beneath the surface? I was, too. This is one of the “final un-researched parts of Antarctica,” according to University of Aberystwyth’s Bryn Hubbard. The lake remains a hypothesis for now, but Hubbard says scientists will meet in May to “look at the data” and test it.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...