A hidden Antarctic lake found underneath the thick sheet of ice could be a treasure land of extreme life forms, according to scientists.
The lake is believed to be located in Antartica’s eastern coast in Princess Elizabeth Land. It is estimated to be 87 miles long and 12 miles wide. It is smaller than the subglacial lake Vostok, which is 160 miles long and 30 miles wide in the continent. As compared to Vostok, the hidden lake is nearer to the research base at about 62 miles away.
Earlier, signs of life have been unearthed on Vostok and this is what is thrilling scientist to scoop for the same in this new lake.
Martin Siegert of Imperial College London revealed that scientists from China and US made rounds over the Antarctic region and mustered the radar data. Well, they are suspecting of a huge ravine system flowing beneath the ice sheet.
“We’ve seen these strange, linear channels on the surface, and are inferring these are above massive, 1000-kilometer-long channels, and there’s a relatively large subglacial lake there too,” said Siegert.
Although the presence of lake has not been confirmed, scientists are hoping to confirm the finding next month.
“We’re meeting in May to look at the data. It will be a very good test of our hypothesis about the lake and channels,” said Siegert in a report by New Scientist.
“It’s the last un-researched part of Antarctica, so it’s very exciting news, but it’s still tentative pending full confirmation,” UK glaciologist Bryn Hubbard from the University of Aberystwyth.
If we look back, Antarctica once was rich with flora and fauna. It had huge forests stretched to severals miles, with dinosaurs , rivers, and water ravines. Now all the living forms are believed to be buried in the form of fossils.