A team of American scientists say they've successfully drilled into Lake Whillans, a subglacial Antarctic lake, and expect to lower equipment into the 2,625-foot-deep hole to begin taking measurements and water samples. The Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling project is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs and started Jan. 21, about a month after a British team announced it would stop attempts at drilling into Antarctica's subglacial Lake Ellsworth.

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