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Sasha



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:06 am    Post subject: Russia poised to breach mysterious Antarctic lake Reply with quote

Russia poised to breach mysterious Antarctic lake
Reuters
February 4, 2011 - '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.'


Lake Vostok Water


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Peter



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:04 am    Post subject: Another final frontier... Reply with quote

Thanks Sasha. Most edifying. Always fun to find out more information about the strange and wonderful things that are just part of life on this experimental and experiential planet.

Based on the various dynamics related in the numerous articles, the lake environment may not be as pristine as expected. It is certainly mysterious and it will be interesting to see what they find next year.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

would be really nice to just leave it alone......
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oceans and lakes are fascinating.

One important point to make. Acidifcation has caused coccolithophores to suffer big time (I think they provide every 2 breaths of O2 for every 5 we take).

Jacques Cousteau was one of my hero's growing up.
http://www.cousteau.org/

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any hope for some Lake Vostok antarctic bottled water? 15 million year old lake mmmm Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scientists leave subterranean Lake Vostok for the Winter, amid controversy
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February 9, 2011 - 'Winter has stymied a Russian-led effort to drill into an Antarctic lake that has been buried for 14 million years, scientists said this week. Just 96 feet short of their goal, scientists had to put their tools away and wait out the rapidly approaching Antarctic winter. But they don’t want to lose the progress they’ve made so far, so they’re pouring kerosene down the borehole to keep it from freezing.

Photo: Lake Vostok Drilling Site
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons


Meanwhile, the scientific community is worried the kerosene will taint the pristine, untouched lake and harm any strange life forms that might call it home.'

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:17 pm    Post subject: Headed south... Reply with quote

Just as long as they don't claim, next year, that they have found a petroleum deposit and will start drilling soon...
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