East Lake will soon open its secrets

St. Petersburg Institute of Arctic and Antarctic has officially confirmed that mankind has finally got to the famous Lake Vostok, a hidden layer of three-kilometer of Antarctic ice.

As stated in an official statement released by press service of the Polar Institute, researchers from the station "Vostok" to report to St. Petersburg on the achievement of the ice surface of relict brown lake.

"February 5 at 20:25 Moscow time on the Russian inland Antarctic station" Vostok "an event occurred which kept waiting in suspense the last few months, the international scientific community and many local and foreign media. Specialists glaciological-drilling detachment of the 57th Russian Antarctic Expedition was made of water penetration into the relict subglacial Lake Vostok in the deep ice borehole 5G, "- said in a statement.

According to scientists, to drill the contact surface of the water occurred at around 3769.3 m sensors recorded a sharp jump in pressure, and then drill a matter of urgency has been raised to the surface. The rise of water from the lake occurred at about 30-40 m from the bottom surface of the glacier.

Now begins the winter in Antarctica, so work on the study of the lake will be temporarily suspended - they will continue the following season. Arrival of participants in the project to St. Petersburg from the port of Cape Town on the shuttle flight is scheduled for February 24.

East Lake - the largest subglacial lake in Antarctica. It is located in the Antarctic station "Vostok" under a layer of ice. The lake is unique in that was isolated from the earth's surface for hundreds of thousands of years. As scientists believe, in the waters of the lake can live organisms, including those not known to science. These microorganisms have been isolated from the terrestrial biosphere for millions of years (and hence the evolutionary processes they proceeded in a different way), can have very unique properties. The discovery of East Lake has been one of the largest geographical discoveries of the second half of XX century.