Russians Drill Into Ancient Lake in Coldest Spot on Earth

BY Jenny Marder  February 9, 2012 at 3:17 PM EST

After decades drilling through more than two miles of ice in the coldest spot on Earth, Russian scientists announced this week that they reached their goal: a subglacial lake the size of Lake Ontario, which has been sealed off from the world for as long as 20 million years.

So much has been reported on the mechanics of the drilling, the grueling conditions the researchers faced, and the microbial life forms they hope to find submerged in Antarctica’s Lake Vostok, we thought it was worth wrapping up some of the best coverage, using Storify after the jump: