This November, a team from the British Antarctic Survey will spend three days boring through two miles of Antarctic ice sheet into a small sub-glacial lake in search of wildly new forms of live. They'll be able to do so thanks to a unique hot water drill designed and built, in part, by Mechanical Engineer Andy Webb.
Lake Ellsworth lies buried under nearly two miles of Antarctic ice, cut off from the rest of the world since before the dawn of man. Who knows what sort of exotic life has evolved in the frigid darkness over those hundreds of thousands of years? A British exploration team aims to find out. And this drill will get…
There are hundreds of subglacial lakes buried deep beneath the Antarctic ice, each one completely isolated from the rest of the world for hundreds of thousands of years. And now, scientists are preparing to find out just what's down there.