The Western Lines

July 9, 2010

Europa on Earth – The Lost World of Lake Vostok

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,Antarctica,BBC,Europa,Horizon,Jovian moons,Lake Vostok — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:05 am

It is perhaps the only unspoiled and unexplored isolated ecosystem left on Earth. Deep beneath the great Antarctic ice sheet Russian scientists made an astonishing discovery. They have found one of the largest lakes in the world. Its very existence defies belief. Scientists are desperate to get into the lake because its extreme environment may be home to unique flora and fauna, never seen before, and NASA are excited by what it could teach us about extraterrestrial life. But, four kilometres of ice stand between the lake and the surface, and breaking this seal without contaminating the most pristine body of water on the planet is possibly one of the greatest challenges science faces in the 21st century.

This isolated ecosystem is known as Lake Vostok and this frigid “lost world” may indeed be one of the closest analogues to the Jovian moon Europa we have on Earth.

BBC Horizon – The Lost World of Lake Vostok

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-916423967791797029

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2 Comments »

  1. Awesome documentary. I loved it, and hope to hear soon from research down Lake Vostok…

    Comment by FerGil — July 10, 2010 @ 1:26 am | Reply

  2. Exciting work and vision. Hope the damn oil companies (and Halliburton) stay the heck out of there.

    Comment by Peter — July 13, 2010 @ 5:30 pm | Reply


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