Antarctic Lakes: 145 and Counting, Scientists Say

Don’t don your swim trunks just yet, but deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheets are at least 145 lakes that may be teeming with microscopic organisms similar to those that could be thriving beneath the ice on Jupiter’s moon Europa, according to scientists.

The lakes lie beneath blankets of ice up to 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) thick and are considered one of the great unexplored frontiers on Earth.