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MSU group to research sub-glacial lakes in Antarctica

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What could possibly live under a mile long frozen lake in Antarctica?  In two weeks a group from MSU will use a grant of over a $1,000,000 to study micro-organisms underneath the ice sheet. The group is called Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access or SALSA. Salsa will look at the fish and plankton and other conditions that are different in two subglacial lakes.

"I look at it as an old saying. You go down for the first time for the excitement and there is no doubt about it. And I look at the people, my students from MSU. I've taken a lot of them down, undergrad and graduate students and they are so excited and it's really fun to watch," said MSU professor, Dr. John Priscu. 

Penetrating the ice using a hot-water drill will also provide opportunities to study how subglacial lakes affect the movement of Antarctica's massive ice sheets. The team also plans to use a camera-equipped, remotely operated vehicle to navigate the sub-ice body of water. Researchers will bring back water and sediment samples plus ice cores that are between 8 and 10 feet long in a metal tube and store them at MSU for research.

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