British explorers prepare to drill Antarctic ice

  • Team faced -35C temperatures as they moved 70 tonnes of equipment to drilling site through mountain range
  • Samples from 1.8 miles under the ice are expected to reveal more about the Earth’s past climate
  • Drilling operation will be carried out in November


British explorers are preparing to drill through almost two miles of ice into an Antarctic lake as they seek clues about life one million years ago.

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The team used a ‘tractor train’ to tow nearly 70 tonnes of equipment to the Lake Ellsworth drilling site which is one of the most hostile environments on earth as they prepare for the operation.

They will return in November to collect water and sediment from the buried lake using space industry standard ‘clean technology’.


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