"In the years since orbital radar mapping, combined with seismological surface measurements, have confirmed that Lake Vostok, under two miles of solid ice, is the largest lake discovered in the past 100 years.
"About the size of Lake Ontario, but much deeper in some places, over 3,000 feet and about four times the volume.
"The water in the lake, determined by surface thermal analyzes, varies from 10 ° C to 18 ° C, clearly indicating an underground heat source. "
Mr. Taylor then detailed exactly what they found in the drilled hole.
He added: "In addition, the entire lake is covered by a sloping air dome several thousand feet high which is formed from the hot water melting the overlying ice just above the surface of the lake.
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"But, according to Scientific American, the National Science Foundation suddenly canceled plans to enter the lake due to environmental contamination issues.
“The samples of carrots returned from the frozen ice just 100 meters above the lake contained a plethora of microorganisms of different categories, some of which have never been seen before.
"These new exotic life forms have raised concerns among the environmental lobby that the exploration of Lake Vostok could contaminate an otherwise pristine ecosystem. "