A pioneering British expedition to sample a lake under the Antarctic ice hopes to find unknown forms of life and clues to future climate impacts. The mission will use hot water to melt its way through ice 3km (2 miles) thick to reach Lake Ellsworth.
The lake has been isolated from the outside world for at least 125,000 years – maybe a million.
Williams & Co. Have been involved in the manufacture of the Titanium Flask which is part of the probe that will be lowered more than 2 miles through a bore hole in the Ice Cap & into Lake Ellsworth to gather samples from the lake which could contain forms of life that have never been seen before.
We are proud to be associated with this expedition & would like to wish all of those involved our best wishes in their research.
1. A hot water drill will melt through the frozen ice sheet, which is up to 3km (2 miles) thick. After drilling, they will have an estimated 24 hours to collect samples before the borehole re-freezes
2. A probe will be lowered through the borehole to capture water samples
3. A specialised corer will then recover sediment from the floor of the lake through the same borehole
Source: Subglacial Lake Ellsworth Consortium