NSF PA/M 02-30 - May 23, 2002
Webcast: Press Conference to Highlight Research
at Antarctica's Lake Vostok
An international panel of scientists will discuss research
conducted at Lake Vostok in Antarctica at a press
conference on Tuesday, May 28, as part of the American
Geophysical Union's 2002 Spring Meeting. The panel
will include two U.S. scientists funded by the National
Science Foundation (NSF), as well as one from Russia
and one from France.
NSF webcast the press conference live at 3 p.m. EDT.
View the archived webcast at: http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/news/02/lvostok.htm.
Lake Vostok, located thousands of meters beneath Russia's
Vostok Station, is comparable in size and depth to
one of the North American Great Lakes. There is evidence
that its waters may contain microbial life. Exploration
of the lake to determine whether life exists there
will be an international effort requiring the development
of ultra-clean technologies to prevent contamination.
The lake's physical characteristics have also led
scientists to argue that it might serve as an earthbound
analog for Europa, a moon of Jupiter. Confirmation
that life can survive in Lake Vostok could indicate
that life may exist on Europa.
For information about how to phone questions in to
the press conference, see: http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/prrl/prrl0220.html#2
J. C. Priscu, Montana State University
Robin E. Bell, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory,
Jean Robert Petit, LGGE/CNRS, St. Martin
Sergei Bulat, Division of Molecular and
Radiation Biophysics, Petersburg Nuclear
Physics Institute, Russian Federation
Webcast press conference on Lake Vostok
3 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, May 28
For more information contact:
Peter West (703) firstname.lastname@example.org