: Antarctic Mystery - Silence from the drill team


CubaMark
Feb 3rd, 2012, 04:17 PM
Missing Scientists Mystery Deepens In Frozen Antarctica (http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/02/03/missing-scientists-mystery-deepens-in-frozen-antarctica/)

The world holds its breath, hoping for the best after six days of radio silence from Antarctica -- where a team of Russian scientists is racing the clock and the oncoming winter to dig to an alien lake far beneath the ice.

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 surface of the icy continent. Lake Vostok hasn't been exposed to air in more than 20 million years.

(FoxNews (http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/02/03/missing-scientists-mystery-deepens-in-frozen-antarctica/))

I know what you're thinking....

http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/23300000/The-Thing-john-carpenters-the-thing-23355593-500-213.jpg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thing_(1982_film))

Macfury
Feb 3rd, 2012, 04:22 PM
I'm thinking that The Thing is more likely than that pyramid containing the Predator.

johnnyspade
Feb 3rd, 2012, 07:46 PM
I'm thinking that The Thing is more likely than that pyramid containing the Predator.

Man, I was thinking the exact same thing.

Dr.G.
Feb 3rd, 2012, 08:06 PM
I am just hoping they are able to make contact with civilization before temps drop lower than 40C. We shall see.

Lichen Software
Feb 4th, 2012, 07:09 AM
Hopefully they did not have a blowout. I read another article talking of tremendous pressure on this lake and disolved gasses that could erupt.

The Doug
Feb 4th, 2012, 08:07 AM
Oops (http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/02/03/fox-flub-russian-vostok-lake-scientists-safe?s_cid=rss:fox-flub-russian-vostok-lake-scientists-safe).

Max
Feb 4th, 2012, 08:29 AM
No, that's just what the aliens want us to believe, Doug. They're everywhere.

rgray
Feb 4th, 2012, 08:39 AM
They're everywhere.

Naw! They're all at the dirt road crossroads outside West Butt F*ck looking for drunks in pickup trucks to rectally probe......;)

Macfury
Feb 4th, 2012, 09:58 AM
Fox Flub: Russian Vostok Lake Scientists Safe - US News and World Report (http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/02/03/fox-flub-russian-vostok-lake-scientists-safe?s_cid=rss:fox-flub-russian-vostok-lake-scientists-safe)

What the Russian team is trying to do is unprecedented—the waters of Lake Vostok have been left untouched beneath more than two miles of ice for more than 15 million years. Lake Vostok has been called the "most alien lake on earth," and scientists believe microscopic "extremophiles" that can survive in very low temperature and light situations might live in the water.


A couple of huskies were seen leaving the site recently.

CubaMark
Feb 4th, 2012, 10:22 AM
There you go. Like millions of Americans (and far too many Canadians), I have fallen victim to the ineptitude of Faux News. I should be ashamed of myself...

http://www.bartcop.com/fox-news-brainless-1996.jpg

Macfury
Feb 4th, 2012, 11:15 AM
There you go. Like millions of Americans (and far too many Canadians), I have fallen victim to the ineptitude of Faux News. I should be ashamed of myself...

First the ACN, now FOX... you should be ashamed of yourself.

rgray
Feb 6th, 2012, 10:40 PM
Russian Scientists Drill to Sub-Glacial Antarctic Lake | Science | RIA Novosti (http://en.rian.ru/science/20120206/171176587.html)

Breakthrough! Russian scientists drill into Antarctic lake buried under the ice for 20 million years, amid extraordinary claims the Nazis may have got there first | Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2095193/Lake-Vostok-Russian-scientists-drilling-alien-Antarctic-lake-buried-20m-years.html)

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/02/06/article-2095193-119D7181000005DC-271_306x453.jpg

BigDL
Feb 7th, 2012, 05:59 AM
There you go. Like millions of Americans (and far too many Canadians), I have fallen victim to the ineptitude of Faux News. I should be ashamed of myself...

http://www.bartcop.com/fox-news-brainless-1996.jpg...and here I thought you were being ironic... very brave of you to "fess up."

CubaMark
Feb 7th, 2012, 08:47 AM
...and here I thought you were being ironic... very brave of you to "fess up."

I usually try to find corroborating sources before posting items, particularly from Faux... but this time I was blindsided by my sci-fi fanaticism. Serves me right.

CubaMark
Feb 8th, 2012, 11:14 AM
They did it! Now... what's down there?

Russia reaches lake buried deep in Antarctic (http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/02/08/sci-russia-antarctica-lake.html?cmp=rss)

http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/topstories/2012/02/08/li-620-antarctica-cp-020922.jpg

After more than two decades of drilling in Antarctica, Russian scientists have reached the surface of a gigantic freshwater lake hidden under miles of ice for some 20 million years — a lake that may hold life from the distant past and clues to the search for life on other planets.

Reaching Lake Vostok is a major discovery avidly anticipated by scientists around the world hoping that it may allow a glimpse into microbial life forms, not visible to the naked eye, that existed before the Ice Age. It may also provide precious material that would help look for life on the ice-crusted moons of Jupiter and Saturn or under Mars' polar ice caps where conditions could be similar.

(CBC (http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/02/08/sci-russia-antarctica-lake.html?cmp=rss))

rgray
Feb 8th, 2012, 06:26 PM
Lake Vostok: Russian scientists confirm triumph as drilling is successful in Antarctica | Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2095193/Lake-Vostok-Russian-scientists-confirm-triumph-drilling-successful-Antarctica.html)

rgray
Feb 9th, 2012, 09:52 AM
Russian Scientists Breach Antarctica Lake Vostok Confirmed (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/02/120208-russians-lake-vostok-antarctica-drilling-science/)

http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/483/cache/lake-vostok-drilling-nearing-water_48371_600x450.jpg

Macfury
Feb 9th, 2012, 10:15 AM
The sample is frozen, though after bringing it up through the core. So likely the little micro-orgnisms they might find will be dead, but at least identifiable.

CubaMark
Mar 7th, 2013, 05:27 PM
Hah! You thought the drill team was safe? Not so fast bucko....

Russia finds 'new bacteria' in Antarctic lake (http://phys.org/news/2013-03-russia-bacteria-antarctic-lake.html)

Russian scientists believe they have found a wholly new type of bacteria in the mysterious subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Thursday. The samples obtained from the underground lake in May 2012 contained a bacteria which bore no resemblance to existing types, said Sergei Bulat of the genetics laboratory at the Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics. "After putting aside all possible elements of contamination, DNA was found that did not coincide with any of the well-known types in the global database," he said. "We are calling this life form unclassified and unidentified," he added.

http://www.filmfetish.com/wp-stuff/fetish_uploads/2011/04/the_thing_movie_images.jpg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thing_(1982_film))

(Phys.org (http://phys.org/news/2013-03-russia-bacteria-antarctic-lake.html))

Macfury
Mar 7th, 2013, 08:00 PM
There's no other way to describe it--it must be a carrot from space!

SINC
Mar 7th, 2013, 08:09 PM
The solution here is pretty simple isn't it? Stop drilling in a frozen area that is a waste of time and money.

rgray
Mar 8th, 2013, 06:59 AM
The solution here is pretty simple isn't it? Stop drilling in a frozen area that is a waste of time and money.

Which would be a denial of human curiosity.......

bryanc
Mar 8th, 2013, 09:05 AM
The solution here is pretty simple isn't it? Stop drilling in a frozen area that is a waste of time and money.
:eek:
How is this a waste? Getting samples of organisms that last shared a common ancestor with the rest of the earth's ecosystem millions of years ago is the next best thing to getting a probe to Europa and sampling there! This is a far better expenditure of resources than building mars rovers or sending probes into space. It's great science, and it should be supported far better.

SINC
Mar 8th, 2013, 09:08 AM
One day we might dig up something best left undisturbed that will eliminate us all. ;)

rgray
Mar 8th, 2013, 09:34 AM
We have already dug up stuff that could do us all in.... like oil and uranium. The list of harmful stuff we have dug up already is endless....

Macfury
Mar 8th, 2013, 09:47 AM
We have already dug up stuff that could do us all in.... like oil and uranium. The list of harmful stuff we have dug up already is endless....

At least we agree that the resources down there are virtually endless!

iMouse
Mar 8th, 2013, 12:31 PM
One day we might dig up something best left undisturbed that will eliminate us all. ;)

I fail to see a down-side to this statement. :clap:

Kosh
Mar 8th, 2013, 03:32 PM
One day we might dig up something best left undisturbed that will eliminate us all. ;)

Yeah, one of these days we're going to wake something we shouldn't have.

It's just like sending voyager into outer space, if some more advanced alien race ever finds voyager and follows it's path to where it came from, we better hope they're friendly.

iMouse
Mar 8th, 2013, 07:42 PM
Yeah, one of these days we're going to wake something we shouldn't have.

It's just like sending voyager into outer space, if some more advanced alien race ever finds voyager and follows it's path to where it came from, we better hope they're friendly.

Voyager. V'ger??

I believe Gene Roddenberry, Alan Dean Foster & Harold Livingston already covered that in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Or you could go further back to Michael Crichton with The Andromeda Strain. :eek:

Kosh
Mar 11th, 2013, 04:10 PM
Voyager. V'ger??

I believe Gene Roddenberry, Alan Dean Foster & Harold Livingston already covered that in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Or you could go further back to Michael Crichton with The Andromeda Strain. :eek:


Or there's Carl Sagan's Contact.

But most of those portray a friendly alien. I seem to have seen a TV show where they speculated it's more likely to be an invasion or war where we're on the losing end like Battlefield Earth.

Macfury
Mar 11th, 2013, 04:49 PM
Or there's Carl Sagan's Contact.

But most of those portray a friendly alien. I seem to have seen a TV show where they speculated it's more likely to be an invasion or war where we're on the losing end like Battlefield Earth.

Only thing that'll save us--the stuff we have is available in a thousand other worlds a lot closer to the smart aliens.