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Shrinking ice caps in the spotlight

Mon 10-06-2014 From the disappearing sea ice of the Arctic to the thriving microbial communities in subglacial lakes of Antarctica, the Earth’s ice caps have often made the news in recent months and years, and polar science has emerged as being crucial to our understanding of our planet’s biology and climate. Michael Gross reports. Read the full article: Shrinking ice caps in the spotlight

Life Under Antarctic Ice - CBC Radio

Sat 09-06-2014 Water samples from lakes sealed under Antarctic ice are full of life. Read the full article: Life Under Antarctic Ice - CBC Radio

LSU associate professor on team studying life in Antarctic lake. The Advocate, August 2014.

Sun 08-24-2014 It’s dark, it’s cold, it’s largely cut off from the outside world, but the lake water under a half-mile of ice in Antarctica is teeming with microbial life. Read the full article: LSU associate professor on team studying life in Antarctic lake. The Advocate, August 2014.

Nature 21 Aug - Lakes under the ice: Antarctica’s secret garden

Sun 08-24-2014 Samples from a lake hidden under 800 metres of ice contain thousands of microbes and hint at vast ecosystems yet to be discovered. Read the full article: Lakes under the ice: Antarctica’s secret garden

RESEARCH: Microbial life found to be teeming in subglacial Antarctic lake

Sun 08-24-2014 Another perspective on the latest Nature publication on the subglacial Lake Whillans ecosystem Read the full article:

Antarctic lakes, rivers, wetlands — All under a kilometer of ice. NPR, August 2014.

Sat 08-23-2014 Biologists have discovered what may be the largest unexplored ecosystem on earth, and it's all hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the lead scientist, Brent Christner. Read the full article: Antarctic lakes, rivers, wetlands — All under a kilometer of ice. NPR, August 2014.

Radio New Zealand, 22 August 2014.

Fri 08-22-2014 Radio New Zealand, 22 August 2014. Read the full article: Radio New Zealand, 22 August 2014.

Microbes eat rock under ice. Martyn Tranter, 2004, Nature, 512:256-257

Thu 08-21-2014 The first description of the microorganisms inhabiting a subglacial lake deep below the Antarctic ice sheet reveals some of the complex interactive metabolic processes that sustain these microbial communities Read the full article: Microbes eat rock under ice. Martyn Tranter, 2004, Nature, 512:256-257.

Bacteria rule: Life found deep beneath Antarctic ice! The Why Files, August 2014

Thu 08-21-2014 The temperature hovers at freezing. The water is super-pressurized and pitch black. But a lake 800 meters below the West Antarctic ice sheet is brimming with microbial life. That’s according to a new study that documented 3,931 types of bacteria and Archaea (an even more ancient group of organisms) in sub-glacial Lake Whillans. Read the full article: Bacteria rule: Life found deep beneath Antarctic ice! The Why Files, August 2014

Lake under Antarctic ice bursts with life. Science News, August 2014.

Thu 08-21-2014 In January 2013, researchers pulled the first water samples from a dark, frigid lake sealed beneath the Antarctic ice sheet. Within hours, they announced they had found live cells in the water (SN: 3/9/13, p. 12). Now after remaining tightlipped for 19 months, the team reports in the Aug. 21 Nature that the lake doesn't just contain microbial life, it teems with it. Read the full article: Lake under Antarctic ice bursts with life. Science News, August 2014.

Christian Science Monitor

Wed 08-20-2014 The discovery of bacteria in an ice-bound lake bolsters the case that similar life could exist elsewhere in the solar system. But on Earth, the find raises the prospect that Antarctic melting will release greenhouse gases. Read the full article: Microbes Thrive Below Antarctic Ice - A Hint of Life Elsewhere in Solar System

Confirmed: Microbial life found half mile below Antarctic ice sheet. LA Times, August 2014.

Wed 08-20-2014 In an icy lake half a mile beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, scientists have discovered a diverse ecosystem of single-celled organisms that have managed to survive without ever seeing the light of the sun.. The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature is not so much a surprise as a triumph of science and engineering. The research team spent 10 years and more than $10 million to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that life did indeed exist in subglacial lakes near the South Pole. Read the full article: Confirmed: Microbial life found half mile below Antarctic ice sheet. LA Times, August 2014.

Thousands of microbe species live in this buried Antarctic lake. Smithsonian, August 2014.

Wed 08-20-2014 Drilling through half a mile of ice let scientists uncover the first solid evidence of life in a subglacial lake Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/thousands-microbe-species-l... Read the full article: Thousands of microbe species live in this buried Antarctic lake. Smithsonian, August 2014.

Microbes discovered in subglacial Antarctic lake may hint at life in space. National Geographic, August 2014.

Wed 08-20-2014 Biologists have extracted mineral-eating microbes from a lake buried a half mile below the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, according to a new study published in Nature. Read the full article: Microbes discovered in subglacial Antarctic lake may hint at life in space. National Geographic, August 2014.

Antarctic hides extreme ecosystem. BBC News, August 2014.

Wed 08-20-2014 While the underbelly of Antarctica may not exactly be teeming with life, it certainly supports viable ecosystems. Read the full article: Antarctic hides extreme ecosystem. BBC News, August 2014.

Rock-eating microbes found in buried Antarctic lake. Discovery News, August 2014.

Wed 08-20-2014 A large and diverse family of hearty rock-eating bacteria and other microorganisms live in a freshwater lake buried a half-mile beneath Antarctic ice, new research confirms. Read the full article: Rock-eating microbes found in buried Antarctic lake. Discovery News, August 2014.

First samples of Antarctic lake reveal thriving life. New Scientist, August 2014.

Wed 08-20-2014 First samples of Antarctic lake reveal thriving life. Read the full article: First samples of Antarctic lake reveal thriving life. New Scientist, August 2014.

Cold, dark and alive! Life discovered in buried Antarctic lake. Livescience, August 2014.

Wed 08-20-2014 Antarctica, the coldest place on Earth, teems with microscopic life. Tiny organisms dwell on the ice and live inside glaciers, and now, researchers confirm, a rich microbial ecosystem persists underneath the thick ice sheet, where no sunlight has been felt for millions of years. Read the full article: Cold, dark and alive! Life discovered in buried Antarctic lake. Livescience, August 2014.

A decade of West Antarctic subglacial lake interactions from combined ICESat and CryoSat-2 altimetry

Fri 01-31-2014 Congratulations to WISSARD grad student Matt Siegfried on his paper in GRL on 10 years of observations of lake activity over the Whillans/Mercer subglacial lakes, Antarctica, from CryoSat-2, ICESat and GPS. With WISSARD PI's Dr.'s Helen Fricker and Slawek Tulaczyk, and Dr. Ted Scambos as co-authors.Abstract: We use CryoSat-2 interferometric satellite radar altimetry over the Mercer and Whillans ice streams, West Antarctica, to derive surface elevation changes due to subglacial lake activity at monthly resolution for the period 2010 to 2013. We validate CryoSat-2 elevation measurements, trends, and spatial patterns of change using satellite image differencing and in situ vertical movement from Global Positioning System (GPS) data. Two subglacial lake discharge events occur in the same subglacial hydrological catchment within a nine-month period. Using GPS measurements spanning the gap between the ICESat and Cryosat-2 missions, we cross-calibrate the two missions to establish the efficacy of CryoSat-2 altimetry to measure dynamic changes on the ice sheets. Read the full article: A decade of West Antarctic subglacial lake interactions from combined ICESat and CryoSat-2 altimetry

WISSARD story in Science News named reader favorite for 2013!

Tue 01-07-2014 For this issue, the editors selected the 25 most important and intriguing science stories of the year. But online readers seemed to point to a different bunch, showing just how subjective such an exercise can be. While it’s difficult to gauge reader opinions based solely on letters, we can and do follow readers’ mouse clicks online. Here are the most popular magazine stories of the year,according to website statistics. Top 10 most-read stories: #1: Life found deep below Antarctic ice. Editor Janet Raloff, freshly back from Antarctica told the story of living cells discovered in Lake Whillans, which sits 800 meters below the surface of an ice sheet (Science News: 3/9/13, p. 12). Read the full article: Science News, Reader Favorites, 2013.

Discover Magazine Article: Life Under Antarctica's Ice

Fri 05-31-2013 Discover Magazine July/August 2013. Share the WISSARD journey through the eyes of embedded journalist Doug Fox, and photojournalist JT Thomas, who were with the WISSARD team in the field and captured the story in text and images firsthand. Read the full article: Life Under Antarctica's Ice:A team drills 1000's of feet into the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to reach a lake buried for millennia

Smithsonian Magazine: Digging for the Secrets Beneath Antarctica

Wed 05-15-2013 In early January, the start of summer in Antarctica, a dozen tractors towing sleds laden with 1.2 million pounds of scientific equipment completed a two-week trek from the United States’ McMurdo Station to a site 614 miles across the ice. More than 20 researchers who had arrived by plane used the gear to bore a hole nearly half a mile into the ice—becoming the first people ever to fetch a clean sample from one of the continent’s hidden lakes, arguably the most pristine bodies of water on the planet . What they found promises to open a new chapter in our understanding of life on earth. Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Digging-for-the-Secrets-Ben... Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter Read the full article: Digging for the Secrets Beneath Antarctica: Scientists have found life in the depths beneath the ice

What Lies Beneath: NASA Antarctic Sub Goes Subglacial

Thu 02-28-2013 When researcher Alberto Behar from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., joined an international Antarctic expedition last month on a trek to investigate a subglacial lake, he brought with him a unique instrument designed and funded by NASA to help the researchers study one of the last unexplored aquatic environments on Earth. Called the Micro-Submersible Lake Exploration Device, the instrument was a small robotic sub about the size and shape of a baseball bat. Designed to expand the range of extreme environments accessible by humans while minimally disturbing the environment, the sub was equipped with hydrological chemical sensors and a high-resolution imaging system. The instruments and cameras characterize the geology, hydrology and chemical characteristics of the sub's surroundings. Behar supervised a team of students from Arizona State University, Tempe, in designing, developing, testing and operating the first-of-its-kind sub. Read the full article: What Lies Beneath: NASA Antarctic Sub Goes Subglacial

Scientists collect first intact samples from an Antarctic subglacial lake

Sun 02-24-2013 A research team including UCSC scientists successfully drilled through a half-mile of Antarctic ice and sampled directly the waters and sediments of Subglacial Lake Whillans on Monday, January 28. This effort marks the first successful retrieval of clean whole samples from an Antarctic subglacial lake. Read the full article: Scientists collect first intact samples from an Antarctic subglacial lake

We Have Life! Scientists Confirm Microbes Beneath Antarctic Glaciers

Wed 02-13-2013 Late last month, we reported that American scientists from the National Science Foundation and NASA-funded WISSARD Project found what they believed to be microbes by drilling a 2.5-foot-wide hole in the ice. At the time, the scientists conducted a preliminary test in which DNA-sensitive dye made cells in the sample glow green under a microscope, suggesting life. The problem: that test doesn't always produce accurate results. So the scientists subjected the sample to six additional verification methods, and now they know for sure: It's life! Read the full article: We Have Life! Scientists Confirm Microbes Beneath Antarctic Glaciers

International Polar Foundation: WISSARD project penetrates subglacial lake Whillans in West Antarctica

Wed 02-13-2013 Scientists in involved in the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) project have penetrated and taken samples from Lake Whillans, a subglacial lake situated almost 1 km beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet on the southeastern edge of the Ross Sea. On Monday 28 January sensors on the hot water drill being used to bore from the surface of the ice sheet to the lake registered a pressure change, indicating that after more than a decade of planning, three and a half years of project preparation and several weeks of drilling through 800 metres of ice, the WISSARD team had finally reached the subglacial lake. Read the full article: International Polar Foundation: WISSARD project penetrates subglacial lake Whillans in West Antarctica

Life Under the Lake Ice

Wed 02-13-2013 Having just completed the tortuous 48-hour journey from the South Pole to the US west coast, John Priscu is suffering from more than his fair share of jet lag. But his tiredness can't mask the excitement in his voice. After weeks of intense field work in Antarctica, he and his team have become the first to find life in a lake trapped under the frozen continent's ice sheet. Read the full article: Life Under the Lake Ice

Life Found Deep Under the Antarctic Ice for the First Time

Wed 02-06-2013 For the first time, scientists believe they have collected life-forms from deep under the Antarctic ice.Last week, a team found and collected microbes in a lake hidden under more than a half-mile of ice.  Among other things, the discovery may shed light on what lies under the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn.The newfound life-forms have little connection to life on the earth's surface and many apparently survive by "eating rocks," team member Brent Christner said in an interview from the U.S. McMurdo Station, after spending several weeks working at a remote field site at Lake Whillans. Read the full article: Life Found Deep Under the Antarctic Ice for the First Time

Bacteria Found Deep Under Antarctic Ice, Scientists Say

Wed 02-06-2013 For the first time, scientists report, they have found bacteria living in the cold and dark deep under the Antarctic ice, a discovery that might advance knowledge of how life could survive on other planets or moons and that offers the first glimpse of a vast ecosystem of microscopic life in underground lakes in Antarctica. Read the full article: Bacteria Found Deep Under Antarctic Ice, Scientists Say

NSF-funded Team Samples Antarctic Lake Beneath the Ice Sheet-Space Daily

Mon 02-04-2013 In a first-of-its-kind feat of science and engineering, a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research team has successfully drilled through 800 meters (2,600 feet) of Antarctic ice to reach a subglacial lake and retrieve water and sediment samples that have been isolated from direct contact with the atmosphere for many thousands of years. In a first-of-its-kind feat of science and engineering, a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research team has successfully drilled through 800 meters (2,600 feet) of Antarctic ice to reach a subglacial lake and retrieve water and sediment samples that have been isolated from direct contact with the atmosphere for many thousands of years. Read the full article: NSF-funded Team Samples Antarctic Lake Beneath the Ice Sheet-Space Daily

NSF-funded Team Samples Antarctic Lake Beneath the Ice Sheet

Mon 02-04-2013 In a first-of-its-kind feat of science and engineering, a National ScienceFoundation (NSF)-funded research team has successfully drilled through 800meters (2,600 feet) of Antarctic ice to reach a subglacial lake and retrievewater and sediment samples that have been isolated from direct contact with theatmosphere for many thousands of years. Read the full article: NSF-funded Team Samples Antarctic Lake Beneath the Ice Sheet

Science News for Kids-Piercing a buried polar lake

Fri 02-01-2013 Researchers in Antarctica drilled through a half-mile of ice to reach water that hasn’t had contact with the atmosphere for thousands of years. Three research teams from around the world have been drilling deep into the ice that covers Antarctica in search of liquid water. It’s not because they’re thirsty. These scientists have been hoping instead to find what types of life may be able to survive extreme conditions. Any aquatic life in a buried lake would exist in the cold and dark — and without access to Earth’s atmosphere for at least thousands (and maybe millions) of years. On January 28, the American team became the first to reach one of those buried lakes and retrieve very clean samples of its water for testing. And the bonanza: They found living cells in this Lake Whillans. Read the full article: Piercing a buried polar lake

WISSARD Team Finds First Signs of Microbial Life in an Antarctica Subglacial Lake

Wed 01-30-2013 Scientists drilling in Lake Whillans, a remote body of water buried 2,600 feet below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, have discovered evidence of living bacteria. The finding follows the recent discovery that microorganisms live within clouds in the troposphere, suggesting that life is capable of thriving in an even broader range of extreme environments than scientists previously thought possible, broadening the list of potential extraterrestrial habitats, including Europa and Enceladus which are also thought to harbor oceans of liquid water. The half mile of glacial ice atop Lake Whillans is from snow that fell onto Antarctica thousands of years ago. A sensor lowered down the borehole this week showed that dissolved minerals were far more abundant in the lake than previously thought. Read the full article: WISSARD Team Finds First Signs of Microbial Life in an Antarctica Subglacial Lake

Buried Antarctic Lake Yields Hints of Life

Wed 01-30-2013 Scientists have the first hints of life from a lake long trapped beneath tons of Antarctic ice. Water retrieved from subglacial Lake Whillans contains tiny cells, and they respond to DNA-sensitive dye, Discover magazine reported. This initial test is a good sign the lake may harbor life. Further experiments in Antarctica, and with samples shipped back to the United States, will reveal whether the microscopic cells are truly alive. Read the full article: Buried Antarctic Lake Yields Hints of Life

WISSARD Team Retreives Samples From Subglacial Antarctic Lake

Tue 01-29-2013 A National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research team has successfully drilled through 2,600 feet of ice in Antarctica on January 28 to reach subglacial Lake Whillans. Just a day later and the team said they have pulled up the first water and sediment samples from the depths of the under-ice lake that have been isolated for thousands of years. Read the full article: WISSARD Team Retreives Samples From Subglacial Antarctic Lake

Microbes discovered in Antarctic lake broaden possibilities for extraterrestrial life

Tue 01-29-2013 Bacteria discovered 2,600 feet below Earth’s surface could thrive elsewhere in the solar system.Scientists drilling in Lake Whillans, a remote body of water buried 2,600 feet below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, have discovered evidence of living bacteria. The water samples were first removed from the ice sheet at 6:20am on Monday, January 28, by the U.S. research team Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling, or WISSARD. Researchers employed a quick test to analyze their samples for potential life by injecting DNA-sensitive dye into the water, and immediately found numerous individual cells glowing green. Read the full article: Microbes discovered in Antarctic lake broaden possibilities for extraterrestrial life

Science Daily-Antarctic Lake Beneath the Ice Sheet Tested

Tue 01-29-2013 In a first-of-its-kind feat of science and engineering, a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research team has successfully drilled through 800 meters (2,600 feet) of Antarctic ice to reach a subglacial lake and retrieve water and sediment samples that have been isolated from direct contact with the atmosphere for many thousands of years. Read the full article: Antarctic Lake Beneath the Ice Sheet Tested

Discover Magazine - The Crux: Glimpse into subglacial lake

Mon 01-28-2013 Science journalist Douglas Fox is a guest blogger for The Crux. He is in Antarctica on assignment for DISCOVER Magazine as the WISSARD Embedded Journalist, and describes the first moments accessing subglacial Lake Whillans. Read the full article: Scientists first glimpse interior of an antarctic subglacial lake

Antarctic Drilling Team Nabs 1st Samples of Buried Lake

Mon 01-28-2013 As a sterilized video camera dropped through a borehole in the ice, U.S. scientists camped at Lake Whillans in Antarctica became the first to see the bottom of a lake trapped underneath the glacial ice for thousands of years. On Monday, the team pulled mud and water from the lake floor, 2,625 feet (800 meters) below the surface of the ice, marking the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) mission a success, the researchers said on the project's blog. Read the full article: Antarctic Drilling Team Nabs 1st Samples of Buried Lake

First evidence of life in Antarctic subglacial lake

Mon 01-28-2013 Article by embedded WISSARD journalist Doug Fox. Read the full article: First evidence of life in Antarctic subglacial lake

Drill reaches Antartica's-under ice Lake Whillans

Mon 01-28-2013 An American attempt to bore down into Lake Whillans, a body of water buried almost 1km under the Antarctic ice, has achieved its aim. BBC News. Read the full article: Drill reaches Antartica's-under ice Lake Whillans

NSF Office of Polar Programs WISSARD press release

Mon 01-28-2013 In a Scientific and Engineering Breakthrough, NSF-funded Team Samples Antarctic Lake Beneath the Ice Sheet Samples may contain microbes from an ecosystem isolated for thousands of years, with implications for the search for life elsewhere in extreme environments. Read the full article: NSF-Office of Polar Programs WISSARD press release

NBC News-US scientists reach new frontier at Antarctica's Lake Whillans

Sun 01-27-2013 U.S. scientists successfully drilled into Lake Whillans, a subglacial expanse of water hidden deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, they reported on Sunday. About a month ago, a similar British attempt to reach subglacial Lake Ellsworth had failed. Drilling operations for the WISSARD project (Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling), which is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs, started on Jan. 21. Over the next couple of days, equipment will be lowered down the 2,625-foot-deep (800-meter-deep) hole to carry out measurements and to obtain water samples for further study on board container-based scientific laboratories on the surface. As of Sunday, the WISSARD team said they may have penetrated the lake surface. Read the full article: US scientists reach new frontier at Antarctica's Lake Whillans

LiveScience: Antarctic drilling reaches lake surface

Sun 01-27-2013 U.S. scientists successfully drilled into Lake Whillans, a subglacial expanse of water hidden deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet. Read the full article: Antarctic Drilling reaches Lake Whillans

Bohren im ewigen Eis der Antarktis

Mon 01-21-2013 German National Public Radio: US-Forscher suchen in unterirdischen Seen nach Leben Von Dagmar Röhrlich Wer findet als Erster Leben in Seen tief unter dem antarktischen Eis? Das Forscherteam aus Russland hat bereits eine Wasserprobe aus dem Lake Vostock geborgen, die Briten haben Lake Ellsworth nicht erreicht. Und die Amerikaner machen sich - gutes Flugwetter vorausgesetzt - jetzt erst auf den Weg zum Lake Whillans. US-Forscher suchen in unterirdischen Seen nach Leben Von Dagmar Röhrlich Wer findet als Erster Leben in Seen tief unter dem antarktischen Eis? Das Forscherteam aus Russland hat bereits eine Wasserprobe aus dem Lake Vostock geborgen, die Briten haben Lake Ellsworth nicht erreicht. Und die Amerikaner machen sich - gutes Flugwetter vorausgesetzt - jetzt erst auf den Weg zum Lake Whillans. Read the full article: Bohren im ewigen Eis der Antarktis

Fox News: "Cold War Race to Find Life Under Antarctica"

Sat 01-19-2013 Trio of teams from the three countries have spent years planning, drilling and digging in a race to reach one of a handful of freshwater lakes buried up to a mile and a half beneath Antarctica’s trillion tons of ice, spring-fed lakes warmed by the Earth below and sheathed by thick ice above. The studies hope to find new life forms in the pitch dark, freezing water that has never seen sunlight. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/01/18/new-cold-war-us-leads-race-to-... Read the full article: Fox News: Race to Find Life Under Antarctica

Antarctic team reaches Lake Whillans

Tue 01-15-2013 A team of Antarctic explorers has successfully completed their adventurous 1,000-kilometre traverse from the United States’ McMurdo Station to subglacial Lake Whillans at the margin of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Efforts to drill into the pristine lake buried beneath some 800 metres of ice are to commence this week. Read the full article: Antarctic team reaches Lake Whillans

NY Times-Deep Under Antarctica, Looking for Signs of Life

Tue 01-15-2013 Three major scientific projects set out this season to seek evidence of life in lakes deep under the Antarctic ice — evidence that could provide clues in the search for evidence of life elsewhere in the solar system, perhaps in Mars's past, or even now under the surface of Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons. But only one of the projects, a $10 million expedition from the United States, has a chance of identifying long-hidden microbes before the weather on the frigid continent puts an end to drilling in about a month. Read the full article: Deep Under Antarctica, Looking for Signs of Life

Poised for the plunge: WISSARD team ready to explore subglacial Lake Whillans

Mon 01-14-2013 The final push by a team of U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) scientists to explore a lake nearly a kilometer below the ice sheet is about to begin. Researchers were scheduled to start flying from McMurdo Station to the edge of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet this week. Their destination: subglacial Lake Whillans, a liquid body of water trapped under about 800 meters of ice. Their mission: To retrieve water and sediment samples from the lake to learn what sort of life might exist in such an extreme environment. Read the full article: Poised for the plunge: WISSARD team ready to explore subglacial -The Antarctic Sun

Research Highlight: Drilling into the Unknown

Thu 01-10-2013 As 2012 wound to a close, a group of scientists started out on a grueling 983-kilometer (611-mile) journey traversing the bitter terrain of Antarctica. Two weeks into the new year, they are closing in on reaching their destination hundreds of miles inland on the Antarctic ice sheet. The researchers are a subset of a larger team that within days could breach an area on Earth previously untouched by humans: the mysterious Lake Whillans. Read the full article: Research Highlight: Drilling into the Unknown

Cientifico tico estudiara sismos que suceden en lago subglacial

Sun 12-30-2012 The WISSARD project was the headline story in La Nacion, the largest paper in Costa Rica, and features Dr. Marino Protti, an experienced seismologist from the Costa Rican Volcanological and Seismological Observatory, OVSICORI-UNA. Protti is helping to monitor the movement of the Whillans Ice Steam. Read the full article: Cientifico tico estudiara sismos que suceden en lago subglacial

WIRED SCIENCE Mountains of Madness: Scientists Poised to Drill Through Antarctic Ice and Into Gothic Horror

Thu 12-27-2012 RIng in the New Year with a fun article by Doug Fox in Wired Science Read the full article: Mountains of Madness: Scientists Poised to Drill Through Antarctic Ice and Into Gothic Horror

Race Is On to Find Life Under Antarctic Ice

Thu 12-20-2012 * Read the full article: Race Is On to Find Life Under Antarctic Ice

WISSARD Project to Study Environment Beneath West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Tue 12-18-2012 The Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) project, funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants through the National Science Foundation (NSF), will examine subglacial environments in Antarctica, including what may be the last unexplored aquatic environments on Earth. The project will investigate the physical, chemical, and geobiological interactions in the subglacial environments poised at the interface of the Antarctic crosphere, geosphere and global ocean. It will be the first large scale drilling project to examine subglacial ecosystems in a holistic context. The WISSARD program connects 9 institutions across the country and includes 14 research groups using specific scientific expertise in three integrated projects. Article features UCSC scientists Andy Fisher and Slawek Tulaczyk. Read the full article: WISSARD Project to Study Environment Beneath West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Cool student research? This is downright cold

Wed 12-12-2012 NIU undergraduate joins WISSARD scientists in the field during the 2012-2013 Antarctic season. Read the full article: Cool student research? This is downright cold

WISSARD project poised to explore subglacial Lake Whillans

Fri 11-09-2012 An overview of the interdisciplinary WISSARD project. The article provides good background on the project and information about the goals for the current 2012-2013 season. Published by the Antarctic Sun, Peter Rejcek, Antarctic Sun Editor.  Read the full article: Magical realism: WISSARD project poised to explore subglacial Lake Whillans--The Antarctic Sun

NIU Prepares for Antarctic Adventure

Mon 09-10-2012 NIU scientists prepare for Antarctic exploration with Lake Tahoe test. Read the full article: Antarctic adventure for NIU scientists begins with test run in fabled depths of Lake Tahoe

ANDRILL Science Management Office Highlights Hot Water Drill

Thu 08-23-2012 ANDRILL Science Management Office at the University of Nebraska Lincoln unveils new hot water drill for the WISSARD project. Read the full article: Antarctic ice: Prepare to be melted

Antarctic Lake Research featured in Nature, International Weekly Journal of Science

Tue 03-23-2010 At a meeting last week, scientists from Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States described their plans to explore the planet's last uncharted ecosystems by drilling into three subglacial lakes in Antarctica. Read the full article: Nature: Teams set for first taste of Antarctic lakes

Baltimore conference on subglacial Antarctic research featured in Washington Post

Tue 03-23-2010 A conference held last week in Baltimore on subglacial Antarctic research highlighted plans to drill into subglacial lakes to learn more about ecosystems miles under the ice. Read the full article: Antarctica shelters abundant microbial life in water miles below the icy surface

John Priscu and WISSARD project featured in Billings Gazette

Wed 12-09-2009 John Priscu, a Montana State University professor of environmental sciences, has pioneered the study of cold climates over the past 10 years; he's looking forward to research through the WISSARD program. Read the full article: Billings Gazette: Prof anxious to return to Antarctica for scientific mission

UW-Madison ice coring and drilling science featured the Antarctic Sun

Fri 12-04-2009 University of Wisconsin - Madison group serves as one-stop shop for equipment used by researchers to core and cut ice in Antarctica. Read the full article: U.S. Antarctic Program / Antarctic Sun: Core of drilling

NIU News Release: Geologists use submarine for subglacial Antarctic exploration

Thu 10-01-2009 Northern Illinois University geologists are helping to lead a five-year investigation of melting near the base of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet using a 24-foot-long robotic submarine that will be lowered through more than a half mile of ice into ocean water. Read the full article: NIU News Release: NIU will use robotic submarine to explore melting occurring below Antarctic ice