The Antarctic Subglacial Lake Vostok

Glaciology, Biology and Planetology

Igor A. Zotikov

The Antarctic Subglacial Lake VostokOver 30 years ago, the scientific community was thrilled by the discovery of Lake Vostok. Covered by 4000 meters of thick ice, this vast freshwater lake, up to more than 1000 meters deep, has been separated from the rest of the world for a million years.

The Antarctic Subglacial Lake Vostok is the first book to tell the story of the lake from a multi-disciplinary viewpoint: glaciology, geology, biology and engineering. It shows how the theories that the lake existed were finally proved by observations and analyses of the scientific data that have been gathered over the past decades.

The development of a sterile melt probe to explore the ice above the lake has led to the exciting plan to use the same device to gather data about the ice sheet covering Europa, Jupiterís moon. Finding that a similar lake exists, and the possibility of finding life in the form of microorganisms, would be a significant advancement in our scientific knowledge about our world and beyond.

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Extent: 160 pages
Binding: Hardback
Publication Date: June 2006
ISBN: 978-3-540-42649-3



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