These are some of the activities within the school which may be of wider interest.
A number of subglacial lakes have been identified in Antarctica. These lakes have been isolated from the surface for considerable periods of time and each represents a unique environment. Life in subglacial lakes must adapt to total darkness, low nutrient levels, high water pressures and isolation from the atmosphere. Subglacial lakes thus represent unique biological habitats.
Drilling, sampling and studying subglacial lakes remotely and without causing their contamination represents a considerable physical and technological challenge. In this regard the exploration of ice lakes represents a good analogue for the exploration of planets and satellites such as Europa.
One subglacial lake in West Antarctica, named Lake Ellsworth, is well suited to exploratory research. This website presents information on a UK-led plan to survey, measure and sample this unique environment.
This article was published on Nov 9, 2012