Both Martin Siegert and John Priscu had a huge desire to access and directly sample subglacial lakes in Antarctica (Priscu et al., 2003). Martin Siegert painstakingly put together the case to sample subglacial lakes (Siegert et al., 2007, 2012), both for the palaeo-climate information they might contain at ice divides in particular, and to ascertain whether microbial life existed in what might be thought of as the most inhospitable environment on the planet, given the temperature, pressure and lack of light. He funded the Subglacial Lake Ellsworth (SLE) project via a NERC Large...

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