Russian scientists seeking Lake Vostok lost in frozen 'Land of the Lost'?

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  1. gilaet

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    A group of Russian scientists plumbing the frozen Antarctic in search of a lake buried in ice for tens of
    millions of years have failed to respond to increasingly anxious U.S. colleagues -- and as the days creep
    by, the fate of the team remains unknown.

    "No word from the ice for 5 days," Dr. John Priscu -- professor of ecology at Montana State University
    and head of a similar Antarctic exploration program -- told FoxNews.com via email.

    The team from Russia's Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) have been drilling for weeks in an
    effort to reach isolated Lake Vostok, a vast, dark body of water hidden 13,000 ft. below the ice sheet's
    surface. The lake hasn't been exposed to air in more than 20 million years.

    Priscu said there was no way to get in touch with the team -- and the already cold weather is set to
    plunge, as Antarctica's summer season ends and winter sets in.

    "Temps are dropping below -40 Celsius [-40 degrees Fahrenheit] and they have only a week or so left
    before they have to winterize the station," he said. "I can only imagine what things must be like at Vostok
    Station this week."

    The team's disappearance could not come at a worse time: They are about 40 feet from their goal of
    reaching the body of water, Priscu explained, a goal that the team was unable to meet as they raced the
    coming winter exactly one year ago.

    When the winter arrives in the next few weeks, the temperature can get twice as cold. Vostok Station
    boasts the lowest recorded temperature on Earth: -89.4 degrees Celsius (-129 degrees Fahrenheit).

    If the team does reach the lake water, they will bring its water up through the hole and let it freeze there
    over the winter. The following year they will be able to start research on what they find, Priscu explained.

    While there are only a few researchers actually working at the lake, scientists around the globe have
    been waiting with bated breath to see what the Russian's unearth this weekend.

    "We are terribly interested in what they find," Alan Rodger, a scientist at the British Antarctic Survey, told
    FoxNews.com last year. "This is a lake that we don't think has been exposed for 15 million years.
    Therefore, if there is life there, we're going to have so many questions. How has it evolved over those
    years, how has it survived, what does it look like? Won't it be exciting to find something completely new
    on Planet Earth?"

    The Lake Vostok project has been years in the making, with initial drilling at the massive lake -- 15,690
    square kilometers (6,060 sq mi) -- starting in 1998. Initially, they were able to reach 3,600 meters, but
    had to stop due to concerns of possible contamination of the never-before-touched lake water.

    "Ice isn't like rock, it's capable of movement," Dr. Priscu told FoxNews.com. "So in order to keep the hole
    from squeezing shut, they put a fluid in the drill called kerosene. Kerosene also grows bacteria, and
    there's about 65 tons of kerosene in that hole. It would be a disaster if that kerosene contaminated this
    pristine lake."

    But the scientists came up with a clever way to make sure this debacle would not occur. They agreed to
    drill until a sensor warned them of free water. At that point they will take out the right amount of kerosene
    and adjust the pressure so that none of the liquids fall into the lake, but rather lake water would rise
    through the hole.

    Priscu was concerned for his colleagues, but also admits the stunning scope of the story.

    "It could be fodder for a great made-for-TV movie," he said.


    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/02/02/russian-scientists-lost-in-frozen-land-lost/
     
  2. Mur

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    If they can find some frozen dinosaurs, might be able to make a real Jurassic park.:bullypop:
     
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    Maybe they found a spaceship.

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    best sci-fi horror film ever!
     
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    BearShit BearShit + Tom Hardy = BFF

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    why the fuck were we ever afraid of them
     
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    some X-Files shit right there
     
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    cool stuff, earth has many mysteries
    Is this the sonar image of a crasehd 60-foot UFO, 285-feet deep at the bottom of the Botnia Gulf? HELL NO IT'S NOT, DUMMY. And take that foil hat off, you look ridiculous.
    Swedish sea treasure hunters have found something extraordinary: A 60-foot disc sunk in the bottom of the ocean, with what appears to be 985-foot-long impact tracks leading to it.
    You see a lot of weird stuff in this job but during my 18 years as a professional I have never seen anything like this. The shape is completely round... a circle.
    Those are the words of Peter Lindberg, commander of the Ocean Explorer. He and his team found the strange disc on June 19 2011, at 285 feet below the surface of the Botnia Gulf, which is located somewhere between Finland and Sweden in the Baltic.
    http://www.geekologie.com/2011/08/ufo-found-at-the-bottom-of-the-ocean.php
     
  10. newcastlefan

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    they were eaten by the lake vostok krakken. there the krakken was, sleeping nice and peaceful waiting for the next ice age and thse fools drill into its bedroom. it woke up hungry and the rest is fertilizer.
     
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    reminds me of the Poland Springs disaster several years ago
     
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    It's the Millennium Falcon!!!

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