Lake Vostok, the liquid water reserve that lies around two miles below the ice surface in Antarctica, has been reached by Russian scientists, according to reports of different Russian news agencies. Scientists were drilling the ice to get to the lake to study the water that has been under the huge ice blocks for millions of years. It should be noted that the news has not been released officially by Russian authorities.
There have been various theories about the lake that it has been accessed earlier also, but no authentic report has been published so far. "There are a lot of rumors going around about penetrating the lake, and we need the Russian program to make the official announcement," John Priscu, a University of Montana microbiologist, said in his comments. He has been researching on the subject for quite a long time.
"If they were successful, their efforts will transform the way we do science in Antarctica and provide us with an entirely new view of what exists under the vast Antarctic ice sheet," Priscu further said in his remarks.
Scientists from different countries have been trying to find life that can survive without light in the lake, as there is no light there. They have estimated the lake to be 14 million years old.
The water will be reportedly brought up in the solid form by Russian scientists, as the equipment reportedly being used for the purpose does not have the capacity to keep it in liquid form till it reaches the top.