After 20 years of drilling (20 years! Now that’s dedication!), a team of researchers have reached Antarctica’s Lake Vostok, which has been trapped beneath more than 2 miles of ice for the last 14 million years. And they’ve found something.
A preliminary examination of water samples from the ancient subglacial Lake Vostok near the South Pole indicated that its inhabitants are not to be found anywhere else on Earth, a member of the research team said.
The species of bacteria, whose traces were found in probes of water from Lake Vostok, do not belong to any of the 40-plus known subkingdoms of bacteria! As yet ‘unclassified’ life! Learn more here.