Ten Gallons of Purest Water

Jubilant Russian scientists are carrying home 40 liters of relic water, which waited for them, unblemished, in the Antarctic, long before the man first trod the Earth. Lake Vostok’s treasury is ready to reveal its millions-year-old secrets. … The team will come back to the station in a while to take samples of Vostok water, which is believed to be “twice as pure as double-distilled water.

 
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