Lake Vostok Slide Show
© by M. Studinger, 2006
Buried beneath several miles of ice in Antarctica are lakes ranging in size from Lake Ontario to lakes the size of Manhattan. More than 145 lakes have been identified to date. Lake Vostok, the largest subglacial lake on Earth, is believed to harbor life that has been isolated from open exchange with the atmosphere for several million years. Image shows a perspective view of the ice surface above Lake Vostok compiled from ERS-1 radar altimeter data provided by the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Lake Vostok is the flat, featureless area.