Contact: Peter West
National Science Foundation
Caption: Brent C. Christner (right), of Lousiana State University, and Alex Michaud, a graduate student at Montana State University, retrieve the first water sample from Antarctica's subglacial Lake Whillans.
Credit: Reed Scherer, Northern Illinois University
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