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It appears that the formidable ice sheets of the Antarctic have gotten the best of a UK research team attempting to bore through them to reach the subglacial Lake Ellsworth. The $3 million project to drill through 1.8 miles of ice to get to the lake was funded by the National Environment Research Council which comprises of the British Antarctic Survey, the National Oceonography Centre, and nine UK universities. The field team, led by principal investigator Michael Siegert of the University of Bristol, had to stop drilling after running into an unexpected glitch and the team was forced to call off the project for the season.

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