Until the mid-1990s, nobody knew there was a lake two miles under Antarctica’s icy Vostok Station. Now Lake Vostok is understood to hold more water than almost any other lake in the world. On Sunday, a Russian team drilled through the ice to the lake’s surface, a process that has taken more than 20 years. Read related article.
Sources: National Science Foundation, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Marc Kaufman and Alberto Cuadra/The Washington Post.