NEWS AND NOTES Peter Doran of the University of RESEARCHERS UNCOVER cover, a vast amount of ancient or- EXTREME LAKE IN ANTARCTIC ganic material and sediment, and Illinois at Chicago conducted the re- ENVIRONMEN T search along with colleagues at the a cold, super-salty, liquid zone un- Researchers drilling into Lake Vida, derlying the ice—an environment Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada; NASA's Ames Research an antarctic "ice-block" lake, have that remains liquid at temperatures found the lake isn't really an ice below -10°C , well below the freez- Center in Moffett Field, California; and Montana State University in block at all. In the 16 December is- ing point of pure water. sue of the Proceedings of Bozeman, Montana. The researchers ex- the National Academy of Sciences, the National tracted two ice cores Science Foundation from Lake Vida in the team reveals that ant- early antarctic spring arctic Lake Vida may (October) of 1996. represent a previously With an electrome- unknown ecosystem, a chanical drill, team frigid, "ice-sealed" lake members spent two that contains the thick- weeks at temperatures est nonglacial lake ice below -35° C drilling a cover on Earth and wa- 10-cm-diameter core ter 7 times saltier
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Feb 1, 2003
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