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« on: February 01, 2012, 11:38:16 PM »

Russian fools, don't they realize how this will end?!?!

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Russia poised to breach mysterious Antarctic lake


MOSCOW (Reuters) - For 15 million years, an icebound lake has remained sealed deep beneath Antarctica's frozen crust, possibly hiding prehistoric or unknown life. Now Russian scientists are on the brink of piercing through to its secrets.

"There's only a bit left to go," Alexei Turkeyev, chief of the Russian polar Vostok Station, told Reuters by satellite phone. His team has drilled for weeks in a race to reach the lake, 3,750 meters (12,000 ft) beneath the polar ice cap, before the end of the brief Antarctic summer.

It was here that the coldest temperature ever found on Earth -- minus 89.2 Celsius (minus 128.6 Fahrenheit) -- was recorded.

With the rapid onset of winter, scientists will be forced to leave on the last flight out for this season, on Feb 6.

"It's minus 40 (Celsius) outside," Turkeyev said. "But whatever, we're working. We're feeling good. There's only 5 meters left until we get to the lake so it'll all be very soon."

Scientists suspect the lake's depths will reveal new life forms, show how the planet was before the ice age and how life evolved. It could offer a glimpse at what conditions for life exist in the similar extremes of Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa.

"It's like exploring an alien planet where no one has been before. We don't know what we'll find," said Valery Lukin of Russia's Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) in St Petersburg, which oversees the expedition.

EXPLORATORY RUSH

A centenary since the first expeditions to the South Pole, the discovery of Antarctica's hidden network of subglacial lakes via satellite imagery in the late 1990s has sparked a new exploratory fervor among scientists the world over.

U.S. and British explorers are on the trail of Russia's scientists with missions to probe other buried lakes, some of the last unexplored reaches of the planet.

"It's an extreme environment but it is one that may be habitable. If it is, curiosity drives us to understand what's in it. How is it living? Is it flourishing?," said Martin Siegert, head of the University of Edinburgh's School of Geosciences, who is leading a British expedition to a smaller polar lake.

Experts say the ice sheet acts like a duvet, trapping in the Earth's geothermal heat and preventing the lakes from freezing.

Sediment from the lake could take scientists back millions of years to tropical prehistoric times, the AARI's Lukin said.

OASIS UNDER THE ICE

Lake Vostok, about the size of Lake Baikal in Siberia, is the largest, deepest and most isolated of Antarctica's 150 subglacial lakes. It is supersaturated with oxygen, resembling no other known environment on Earth.

"The Russians are leading the way with a torch," said John Priscu of Montana State University, a chief scientist with the U.S. program to explore another Antarctic lake.

Beneath the endless white landscape, Priscu suspects creatures may lurk, far from the sunlight, around thermal vents in the depths of Lake Vostok.

"I think Lake Vostok is an oasis under the ice sheet for life. It would be really wild to thoroughly sample... But until we learn how to get into the system cleanly that's an issue," he told Reuters.

The low-lying, snow-drift buildings and radio towers of Vostok Station sit above the eponymous lake. The borehole, pumped full of Kerosene and Freon to keep it from freezing shut, hangs poised over the pristine lake.

The explorers now face the question: How do we go where no one has gone before without spoiling it or bringing back some foreign virus?

"I feel very excited but once we do it there is no going back," Alexei Ekaikin, a scientist with the expedition said from Vostok Station. "Once you touch it, it will be touched forever."





http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/04/us-russia-antarctica-lake-idINTRE7135MB20110204
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2012, 11:44:56 PM »

Let's go Atlantis monsters from the deep below....!!! 
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2012, 11:48:28 PM »

This is the first thing I thought of when I read this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_%28The_X-Files%29
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2012, 12:27:22 PM »

This is awesome. Do you have the link to the actual story? I'd like to share it.
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2012, 08:24:02 PM »

Maybe they will find more of whatever the hell this is....
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2012, 10:48:41 PM »

This is awesome. Do you have the link to the actual story? I'd like to share it.

It's up there, don't be too terrified of Cthulhu
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2012, 10:15:38 AM »

This is awesome. Do you have the link to the actual story? I'd like to share it.

It's up there, don't be too terrified of Cthulhu
Ah, hell. Not sure how I missed that. Thanks.
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2012, 04:41:47 PM »

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/science/120203/alien-lake-vostok-russia-science-exploration-antarctica

And so it begins...............
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2012, 09:11:11 PM »

Ignorant Russians!!

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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2012, 12:59:19 AM »

They're not lost after all. Fox news botched it. (Surprise)

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/02/03/fox-flub-russian-vostok-lake-scientists-safe
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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2012, 01:22:20 PM »

http://rt.com/news/antarctic-million-secrets-lake-583/

Why do I keep having images of Strange Journey in my head?
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2012, 01:24:48 PM »

Russian idiots!!!

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« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2012, 12:33:28 PM »

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2095193/Lake-Vostok-Russian-scientists-confirm-triumph-drilling-successful-Antarctica.html

Triumph! After two decades of drilling in most inhospitable place on Earth, Russian scientists return home with barrelful  of water from ‘alien’ lake untouched for 20 million years

    * Drilling successful as scientists break through into lake buried miles under Antarctic ice
    * Scientists confirm breakthrough into buried lake
    * Have raised sample of 40 litres of water
    * Frozen sample will be removed in December in next Antarctic summer
    * 'Like exploring another planet except this one is ours', scientist
    * Lake has had no contact with man-made pollutants or Earthly life forms for millions of years


Also, as an interesting aside:

http://io9.com/5883622/meet-the-bloop-the-mysterious-sound-from-the-bottom-of-the-pacific-ocean
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« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2012, 01:50:06 PM »

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/14/antarctic-water-presentation-vladimir-putin

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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2012, 02:46:02 AM »


I came across a story on that w/ a wave file a few years ago while under the influence of certain...ehhhh "chemicals."

Scared the fuck outa me!
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