It was a scientific breakthrough when a Russian team broke through some 12,365 ft. of ice to tap Lake Vostok, buried under Antarctica for 14 million years last February. The U.S. and Great Britain soon followed with efforts to tap into similar buried lakes in the hopes of finding ancient forms of life. Sadly, on Christmas Day, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) announced the shuttering of their operations due to technical problems.
The BAS had positioned their attempt over Lake Ellsworth, sitting two miles underneath the Antarctic ice. The ambitious location was very specific choice as it is believed this lake may hold older microbes — critical for learning more about our Earth’s development — and what might be found in hostile environments on icy planets.
Trust me, guys. It’s probably for the best.