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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Life and Universe

Russian scientists may have found new life under Antarctic ice
Reuters
Moscow, March 09, 2013
First Published: 18:09 IST(9/3/2013)
Last Updated: 18:12 IST(9/3/2013)
Antartica

Russian scientists believe they have discovered new life forms sealed off for millions of years in a subglacial lake deep under the Antarctic ice, the RIA news agency reported on Thursday.

After more than a decade of stop-and-go drilling, Russia pierced through Antarctica's frozen crust last year and took back samples of water from a vast lake that has lain untouched for at least 14 million year.

Canada's Arctic glaciers headed for unstoppable thaw: study OSLO (Reuters) - Canadian glaciers that are the world's third biggest store of ice after Antarctica and Greenland seem headed for an irreversible melt that will push up sea levels, scientists said on Thursday. About 20 percent of the ice in glaciers, on islands such as Ellesmere or Devon off northern Canada, could vanish by the end of the 21st century in a melt that would add 3.5 cm (1.4 inch) to global sea levels, they said.


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