Scientists exploring a buried Antarctic lake discovered remains of tiny animals. They drilled through 3,500 feet of ice to uncover the mysterious body of water. Thus they made a remarkable discovery along the way. The drilled site is Mercer Subglacial Lake. Currently, the lake is hydraulically active and is present 1000m deep under the Whillans Ice Plain. Researchers often call it a mysterious Antarctic lake. According to them, the buried lake is twice bigger than the size of Manhattan. It took many days to drill through 3,500 feet of ice. After days of breaking through the thick ice, finally, they reached Mercer Subglacial Lake.
The team sent an instrument into the borehole to capture rare footage of the place. They also tested other aspects like water, to know more about ancient life. The journal Nature firstly reported the News. According to the journal, scientists found the remains of water bear in the icy bottoms. Researchers collected samples using scientific equipment. Thus, after looking at the specimens through a microscope, they noticed some things looking like squished spiders and crustacean-type creatures with legs. The team anticipated discovering microbial lifeform in the collected samples. David Harwood, a researcher at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said the remains are tiny in size, they scale from 0.1mm to 1.5mm.
SALSA (Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access), is a team that traveled to explore the lake. Satellite images previously discovered the mysterious lake. But it is the first time to explore the place. Four hundred lakes are hiding under Antarctica’s ice sheet, and we have very less information about it. It is the second time researchers have explored the ancient lake. One of the crew members said they never expected to get such incredible finding. The team closed the borehole and left the camp in the first week of January. Researchers say it will take many years to examine and study the samples collected during the camp. The team intends to take DNA samples from the remains of the crustaceans to know more about the type of species.
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