Scientists have found life in a sub-glacial lake that has been buried under a half mile of ice and isolated for about 100,000 years.
The place is Lake Whillans in West Antarctica. There on January 28, 2013 a research team from the United States drilled through half a mile of ice to collect three 10-liter samples from the lake.
Scientists were surprised that preliminary tests showed a significant quantity of living cells actively consuming oxygen. However, it could take months to identify the microbes present.
It will be interesting to see how the microbes evolved and adapted in an isolated ecosystem over the course of 100,000 years!
Life found deep below Antarctic ice