Where rivers run uphill

Three scientists travel to Antarctica to explore a secret world hidden beneath the ice.

By Douglas Fox, 00:00 AM September 8, 2008

A team of scientists prepares to camp on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to study lakes and rivers beneath the ice.

A team of scientists prepares to camp on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to study lakes and rivers beneath the ice.

Douglas Fox

The snowmobile bucks like a mechanical bull as it bounces over a mound of ice. I squeeze the throttle and zoom forward, trying to catch the two snowmobiles in front of me. My fingers are numb with cold, despite the puffy black Darth Vader-style gloves I’m wearing.

It’s –12º Celsius, a beautiful summer afternoon in Antarctica, just 380 miles from the South Pole. We’re in t...

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