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Winter Halts Drilling Into 14-Million-Year-Old Lake Vostok

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Winter Halts Drilling Into 14-Million-Year-Old Lake Vostok
A Russian team searching for signs of life beneath a 14-million-year-old frozen Antarctic lake has had to halt drilling just a few meters from water, potentially damaging 20 years of work in the process.

The team headed up by the Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in St. Petersburg had to call off work just 29 meters [95-foot] short of the end goal because the Antarctic winter is fast closing in. News that they plan to fill the 3,749-meter [12,300-foot] borehole with kerosene to prevent it from freezing will further trouble groups who fear continued research will contaminate the lake.

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