Skip to comments.Antarctic Lake Vostok buried under two miles of ice found to teem with life
Posted on 07/07/2013 5:51:24 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Analysis of ice cores obtained from the basin of Lake Vostok, the subglacial lake that Russian scientists drilled down to in 2012, have revealed DNA from an estimated 3,507 organisms.
While the majority were found to be bacteria, many of which were new to science, there were also other single celled organisms and multicellular organisms found, including from fungi.
The diversity of life from the lake has surprised scientists as many had thought the lake would be sterile due to the extreme conditions.
Lake Vostok was first covered by ice more than 15 million years ago and is now buried 12,000 feet beneath the surface, creating huge pressures. Few nutrients were expected to be found.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
This movie rarely ends well.
What could possibly go wrong?
Anyhow, Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!
It does if the scientists just happen to have a lot of flamethrowers and high explosives.
They seem friendly enough. Like the cute little aliens in Galaxy Quest.
DANGER< Will Robinson ...
(ah, relief from the Zimmerman trial. Thank you so very much)
They say there is much more life underground than there is above the ground. I would bet the ratio is much more extreme than we imagine.
Send the probe to Europa then!
Here’s an interesting thought.
These organisms have been living and reproducing for 15 million years. Have any of them ‘evolved’?
There are 3507 different organisms now. How many were there 15 million years ago ?
Maybe we can get Obama to probe Uranus!
that is an awful darn good question
Obama will have to get in line behind the IRS and the NSA.
P.S. Technically there are 3507 organisms in the sample. Anything bigger than a football wouldn’t fit. And we know that life in the oceans and lakes is stratified. So the sample represents one ‘layer’ of the water.
We don’t really know how many different organisms are in the lake at all.
This is the reason why ice core data for CO2 concentrations from hundreds to thousands of years ago are totally un reliable.
There are a multitude of microbes in ice formations which either consume or produce C02 gas and totally bias the residual C02 content in the ice cores one way or another.
“A seedpod. Yes. The neat and unconfused reproductive technique of vegetation. No pain or pleasure as we know it. No emotions...no heart. Our superior. Our superior in every way. Gentlemen, do you realize what we’ve found? A being from another world as different from us as one pole from the other. If we can only communicate with it...we can learn secrets that have been hidden from mankind since the beginning...”
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I care about bacteria in a sub ice pack lake in Antarctica?
“CLOSE THE DOOR!”
Enough to click on the thread then post.
Obama:Been there. Done that....many moons ago.
Was gonna ping ya, but ya beat me to it dangnabbit.
The scientists should check the archives.
“Maybe we can get Obama to probe Uranus!”
Somehow I just knew that someone would figure out a way to get him interested in a space program.
Are you still keeping track? There have been so many you’d think I might have flubbed at least one...but nope. All for all with plenty to go.
Next in that area should be the reservoir which SHOULD have been a no brainer years ago.
Good one !!!
When I hear the phrase “teem with life” I don’t think bacteria.
Article says that majority of what was found (3507) were new unknown bacterias. So using that critera...... That would mean at least 1754 new bacteria times 1/3 = 584 potential new pathogens. Of course some may be as mild as a cold, but who is to say that one of them is has the ability to spread like a cold, and is as deadly as Bubonic.
I say they autoclave this research, and let Lake Vostok be.
Still a scary thought, letting something unknown loose like that, but the 584 is too big a number.
On the other hand, are these based on one geographical core? If that is the case, who can say what lurks underneath one side of the lake or the other?
There are lifeforms that will only sneer at you if you autoclave...
You are right. I understand there are some bacterial that can survive the heat of the vulcanic activity in the ocean. That is one bad ass bug.
“It does if the scientists just happen to have a lot of flamethrowers and high explosives.”
Where were you, Childs?
Oh,...that is a nice banner.
I thought I saw Blair. I went out after him and got lost in the storm.
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