aquatic initiatives agreed under IPY, and to the U.S. SALE group, which lists all the interested scientists and engineers in the United States.

In deciding how to treat all subglacial aquatic environments in the future, it is prudent to recognize that at least some examples of lakes should be conserved inviolate for future generations. At present, the detailed information that exists about all lakes except Lake Vostok is very limited, and it is both possible and likely that more lakes will be identified in due course in areas of the continent for which very limited or no radio echo-sounding data currently exist. It is beyond the scope of this investigation to suggest how the examples for conservation should be chosen or the extent of the data necessary to characterize them before proposing protection. However, it is reasonable to suppose that research and science using future technology will be better applied to inviolate examples, which puts a premium on selecting the examples for conservation as soon as practicable.



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