Lake Vostok

Mystery Under the Ice


Will We Find an ‘Oasis’ Beneath Antarctica’s Lid? Beneath thousands of feet of ice, Antarctica is home to a vast warm water world which may contain a thriving “oasis of life.” According to a dramatic report released in December by National Geographic News (, Antarctica is not a barren polar desert, after all, but, indeed is a rich, complex envi­ronment where rivers larger than the Amazon link a series of “Lake districts,” which may teem with mineral-hungry microbes. For others, the possibilities could be much…

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