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. The Astrobiology Web: Your Online Guide to the Living Universe TM
An Antarctic Photo Album, Volume 1
by Dale Andersen

Text and Photographs ©copyright 1996 Dale T. Andersen. All Rights Reserved. Reproduced with permission.

[052] Remote field camp on Lake Vida, Victoria Valley, Antarctica.

The drilling rig to the right of the screen was used to drill through the thick (approximately 17 meters) ice-cover of this lake. Once thought to be frozen to the base, this lake appears to have a saline layer beneath the ice. Samples of the water and bottom sediments will provide information regarding the history of the lake and whether or not life exists beneath the thick ice-cover.


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