EarthSky 22: Penetrating Lake Vostok

Drilling through ice to 3,768 meters (over 12,000 feet), a Russian team reached the surface of Lake Vostok in Antarctica. Plus song of the week by Melogrand.

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

ES 22 Producers: Deborah Byrd, Ryan Britton, Emily Howard

Science news of the week:

Worldwide shark attack fatalities reached a 20-year high during 2011

A link between neuropsychiatric disorders and intellectual pursuits

Phytoplankton. Image Credit: NOAA

Sunlight causes particles to kill ocean phytoplankton

Reported increase in jellyfish in the world’s oceans is not supported by hard evidence or scientific analyses

Strong evidence for an ocean on ancient Mars

Song of the week:

Melogrand’s “Around Again” from their first full-length album, the upcoming Waves for the Ages

Lake Vostok from space via NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. After 20 years of drilling, a team of Russian researchers has penetrated this prehistoric Antarctic lake, which has been trapped beneath ice for 15 million years.

This week’s featured stories:

Penetrating Lake Vostok Jorge speaks with polar scientist Dr. Chuck Kennicutt about drilling into a 15-million-year-old lake in Antarctica.

ALMA Jorge talks with astronomer Al Wooten about a new network of radio telescopes in Chile that will help us understand the birth of stars.

Thanks for listening in. We’ll catch ya next week!

Image Credit: ESO

This week’s musical contributors:


Daniel Webb

Sleep Good

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

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