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Life under ice

Lake Vostok may harbor ingredients for a complex subglacial ecosystem

12:00pm, August 23, 2013

Even by Antarctic standards, the Lake Vostok research station is inhospitable. The outpost at the heart of the frozen continent holds the record for the lowest naturally occurring temperature ever observed on Earth. Scientists commonly describe the place as punishing, unforgiving, the most desolate place on the planet.

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