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 January 31, 2012
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