Which Are the Most Suitable Antarctic Subglacial Lakes for Exploration?
In 1996 Lake Vostok was brought to the attention of the scientific community, and the world'smedia, as a potential habitat for unique life isolated for millions of years (Kapitsa et al., 1996), and an inventory of over 70 other lakes beneath the Antarctic ice sheet was published (Siegert et al., 1996). Since then, plans have been forming as to how water and sediments may be sampled from these sub-ice environments. To guide the planning of such work, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research published scientific goals that subglacial lake exploration should address and criteria that should be used to select appropriate lakes for exploration. This paper reviews the physiographies of subglacial lakes and, on this basis, provides opinion on which of the various known types of subglacial lake are most suited to future exploration and sampling.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2002-04-01