Discovered in 1996, Lake Vostok is a subglacial lake that lies 13,000 feet below the Antarctic ice sheet. Roughly the size of Lake Ontario, Lake Vostok is known to consist of fresh water supersaturated with oxygen and, based on samples of the ice sheet above the lake, is believed to be more than 500,000 years old. How a liquid fresh water lake exists in this environment remains a matter of speculation. Scientists also speculate that life exists in this harsh environment, but what kind of life exists is a mystery at this time. The resources below examine the facts and possibilities of the mysterious Lake Vostok.
Lake Vostok Resources
Lake Vostok: A Sea of Mystery, Frozen in Time
National Science Foundation Fact Sheet: Lake Vostok
Exploring Lake Vostok
Lake Vostok May Teach Us About Europa
Lake Vostok Slide Show
Two Ecosystems in Antarctica's Lake Vostok?
Dispute Over Life In Antarctic's Lake Vostok
The Subglacial Lake Vostok System (illustration)
Polar Scientists Detect Magnetic Anomaly at Lake Vostok
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