SETI Institute Researcher Dale Andersen Leads Antarctic Expedition

Michael Becker, a doctoral student at McGill University, was a scientific diver on an expedition to Lake Untersee, Antarctica. The Expedition was led by Dr. Dale Andersen, research scientist at the SETI Institute.

From the New York Times Website, an account by Michael Becker about his experience.

I’m standing 2,600 miles from human civilization. I’ve traveled 80 miles overland across crevasse-riddled glaciers. The wind here can reach over 100 miles per hour and the temperature can drop to a blisteringly cold minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Standing atop the largest surface lake in eastern Antarctica, I stare into a single dive hole through eight feet of ice and into the 500 feet of blackness below. Down there, five square miles of nearly unexplored underwater territory await. I came here with five other polar researchers to go swimming.

The author stood over the dive hole at Lake Untersee, Antarctica.Michael BeckerThe author stood over the dive hole at Lake Untersee, Antarctica.

Lake Untersee is located in an area of the continent known as Dronning Maud Land and presents serious challenges as one of the most remote and isolated dive sites in the world. From November to December 2012, the six of us traveled to this vast wilderness to perform scientific dives in this permanently ice-covered lake.

Read the Rest at the New York Times Website