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Lakes beneath the ice

Attempts to directly measure and sample subglacial Lake Ellsworth were unsuccessful in the recent Antarctic field season (Nov-Dec 2012). In this talk, Martin Siegert presents why the experiment failed to work, and the lessons learned. He also provides an assessment on potential ways forward for the programme and their timeframes.


Martin Siegert (University of Bristol)


Martin Siegert is Professor of Geosciences at the University of Bristol and Principal Investigator of the NERC Lake Ellsworth Consortium, involving 8 UK Universities and 2 research centres. He was previously Head of GeoSciences and Assistant Principal at the University of Edinburgh and has been a UK Delegate to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. His research involves the use of ice penetrating radio-echo sounding to uncover the landscape beneath the Antarctic ice, and it was through this technique that he identified and mapped Subglacial Lake Ellsworth (one of nearly 400 known sub ice lakes).

lakes beneath the ice


Date: 18 December 2013

Venue: The Geological Society, London

Speaker: Martin Siegert (University of Bristol)



Naomi Newbold
Tel: 020 7432 0981