Life Discovered One-Half Mile Beneath Ice Sheet in Subglacial Lake

August 21, 2014 11:28 AM

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Life thrives even in some of the most inhospitable environments on our planet. Scientists have discovered that one-half mile before the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is a lake that hasn't seen sunlight for millions of years--and it has a thriving ecosystem.

"We were able to prove unequivocally to the world that Antarctica is not a dead continent," said John Priscu, chief scientist of the project that sampled the lake, in a news release.

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