Multimedia | Explore the Route to pre-Neanderthal Days Buried in Antartica's Lake Vostok

Since the 1996 discovery of a liquid lake, sealed for millions of years beneath two miles of solid ice, scientists have speculated about the novel life forms existing within. Located in the Antarctic, Lake Vostok is a pristine, ancient global environment that has sparked an international effort to develop exploratory methods without introducing modern contaminants. We stand to expand our knowledge of microbial evolution, discover new organisms and enzymes with potential value to society, and correlate data with that of other planets under similar conditions.

Learn More: Columbia University Scientists Present Long Sought Opportunities to Safely Explore Life Within Earth?s Most Ancient and Inaccessible Ecosystem