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Under the ice

Buried deep beneath the Antarctic ice, lies Lake Whillans. Despite being of the most inhospitable places on Earth, Lake Whillans was still thought to contain life. In early 2014 a team of scientists trekked across the ice, tasked with drilling 800 metres down to the lake and looking for evidence of life. Reporter Douglas Fox went with them, and he tells us about his experiences.

Read the Nature News feature: Antarctica's secret garden

Read the scientist’s research paper: A microbial ecosystem beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet

21 August 2014