We know more about Mars than we know about Antarctica’s subglacial environment, but new information about its nature is changing the way we view the continent. Over December 2018 – January 2019, the Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access (SALSA) project setup a field site roughly 500 miles from the South Pole with 50 scientists, drillers, and support staff. Using a clean-access custom hot water drill, they bored 4,000 feet into the ice to sample from Mercer Subglacial Lake, for the first time ever. The SALSA project is continually uncovering new knowledge about this new biome through an integrative study of subglacial geobiology, water column and sedimentary organic carbon, and geobiological processes in one of the largest subglacial lakes in West Antarctica. Check out our latest journal articles here, our latest can be found on Nature’s ISME.
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