The Antarctic Subglacial Lake Vostok

Glaciology, Biology and Planetology

  • Igor A. Zotikov

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

About this book


The first book on the subject, this monograph examines the phenomenon of a huge sealed, freshwater lake, isolated from the rest of the world by kilometers' thick ice. The existence of melting ice at the bottom of the huge Vostok Lake has served as a model and inspired the team planning the Galileo space craft to gather data on the ice sheet of the Jupiterian moon Europa. The book provides interpretation of, and calculations for, stimulating factors for possible melting and a huge lake's existence at the bottom of the Martian ice sheets.


Galileo Ice shelf Radioglaciology glaciology heat transfer quaternary ice sheet subglacial subglacial lake thermophysics

Authors and affiliations

  • Igor A. Zotikov
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of SciencesRussian Academy of Sciences Fellow (correspondent member)MoscowRussia

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