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Silence shrouds Antarctic dig (Still No Contact From Russian Scientists at Lake Vostok Site)
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | February 5, 2012

Posted on 02/05/2012 7:19:42 AM PST by PJ-Comix

A TEAM of Russian scientists has gone quiet as they race against winter to uncover an ancient Antarctic lake.

The group 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 4000m below the surface of the continent. Lake Vostok has not been exposed to air in more than 20 million years.

The team's last contact with colleagues in the outside world was six days ago, and scientists from around the globe are unsure of the fate of the mission - and the scientists themselves - as Antarctica's deadly winter draws near.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailytelegraph.com.au ...


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KEYWORDS: antarctica; godsgravesglyphs; lakevostok; ohsomysteriouso; russia; russianscientists
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"They need to be out by the sixth of February," Dr Pearce said, when winter sets in and temperatures drop another 40 degrees Centigrade. Vostok Station boasts the lowest recorded temperature on Earth, -89.4C.

Uh-oh. Only ONE DAY left to split.

1 posted on 02/05/2012 7:19:55 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: SunkenCiv

FYI


2 posted on 02/05/2012 7:21:50 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Hmmm. Where have I heard this story before?


3 posted on 02/05/2012 7:21:50 AM PST by GQuagmire (Pats 33 Giants 24 Pats Super Bowl 46 Champs)
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To: PJ-Comix

Boom-Boom! Boom -Boom! Boom -Boom! I can’t help but thinking of that sound from the remake of “ The Thing”


4 posted on 02/05/2012 7:22:35 AM PST by Renegade
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To: PJ-Comix

“They need to be out by the sixth of February,” Dr Pearce said, when winter sets in and temperatures drop another 40 degrees Centigrade.


That’s not news reporting, its Hollywood script-writing.

I doubt the temp drops by 40C on a particular day every year.


5 posted on 02/05/2012 7:23:21 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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To: GQuagmire
Hmmm. Where have I heard this story before?

From my previous post but since no contact from the Russian scientists, they only have ONE DAY left to leave the scene.

6 posted on 02/05/2012 7:23:44 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Eventually someone is going to drill a hole through something and tap into the innards of an intergalactic space cruiser.


7 posted on 02/05/2012 7:25:54 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Beelzebubba

Maybe he means when that area BEGINS its 40C plunge. Even though it is officially summer in the Antarctic, the sun has been getting lower on the horizon since Dec. 21. Right now it is getting colder and COLDER.


8 posted on 02/05/2012 7:27:55 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: muawiyah

Or unleash some long dormant disease.


9 posted on 02/05/2012 7:28:01 AM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Any of the group from Myskatonic University?


10 posted on 02/05/2012 7:28:08 AM PST by MadJack ("Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." (Afghan proverb))
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To: PJ-Comix

Any of the group from Myskatonic University?


11 posted on 02/05/2012 7:28:18 AM PST by MadJack ("Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." (Afghan proverb))
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To: PJ-Comix

http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/89606.html


12 posted on 02/05/2012 7:28:51 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: muawiyah
I'm thinking that the most realistic theory so far presented is that they drilled through to the under the ice lake and the water pressure sent a tower of water up that covered the scientists and froze them like human Popsicles.

It could be that we won't find out for sure until AFTER the Antarctic winter late this year.

13 posted on 02/05/2012 7:31:47 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

4000 meters is about 25 miles - that’s DEEP!!!!


14 posted on 02/05/2012 7:32:21 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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Oooooooooooops

4000 meters is 2.5 miles - missed the decimal point;(

still deep;)


15 posted on 02/05/2012 7:34:53 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: MadJack

Good one!

I hope they have real star stones instead of the fakes.


16 posted on 02/05/2012 7:35:34 AM PST by The Working Man (The mantra for BO's reign...."No Child Left a Dime")
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To: sodpoodle

4000 meters is 4 kilometers. Very deep, but nothing close to 25 miles.


17 posted on 02/05/2012 7:36:10 AM PST by Notforprophet
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To: PJ-Comix
Now I remember...



18 posted on 02/05/2012 7:37:20 AM PST by GQuagmire (Pats 33 Giants 24 Pats Super Bowl 46 Champs)
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To: Renegade

My first thought too. This terrifies me. I can barely stand 10 below, but being frozen to death is horrifying.

I pray they left and that all are okay. Lord, please watch over them.


19 posted on 02/05/2012 7:37:26 AM PST by mardi59 ( Newt brings hope, and CHANGE is coming. 2012)
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To: sodpoodle

Aaaaand I see now you realized that already! Darn slow intertubes...


20 posted on 02/05/2012 7:37:32 AM PST by Notforprophet
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To: sodpoodle

2.4 miles is deep, not quite 25 miles though.


21 posted on 02/05/2012 7:37:41 AM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: jjotto
I just checked the WeatherUnderground site and this is their ominous statement in red:

Updated 3 hr 20 min 45 sec ago - This station is not reporting!

22 posted on 02/05/2012 7:39:04 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: Renegade; PJ-Comix
I can’t help but thinking of that sound from the remake of “ The Thing”

Make fun , if you wish, but remember that they not only discovered a HUGE underground lake, but there is also a LARGE MAGNETIC ANOMALY right below that entire area.

23 posted on 02/05/2012 7:40:50 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Beelzebubba

This year, due to global warming/climate change, the temperature rose by 40 degrees and they had to swim out.


24 posted on 02/05/2012 7:41:20 AM PST by Ironfocus (Unseat the Looter-in-Chief)
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To: PJ-Comix
as Antarctica's deadly winter draws near.

Uhhh, doesn't winter start on June 21?

25 posted on 02/05/2012 7:41:20 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: PJ-Comix
I'm thinking that the most realistic theory so far presented is that they drilled through to the under the ice lake and the water pressure sent a tower of water up that covered the scientists and froze them like human Popsicles.

The first thought I had was of some out-gassing episode, such as what happened at a couple of lakes in Africa. If a lake is isolated from the atmosphere that long, there could be a huge amount of CO2 dissolved in the water from subterranean sources. Remove the pressure and pop goes the CO2 and everyone is asphyxiated and then frozen like human Popsicles.
26 posted on 02/05/2012 7:43:48 AM PST by aruanan
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To: UCANSEE2

“but there is also a LARGE MAGNETIC ANOMALY right below that entire area.”

That’s probably why they’re interested.


27 posted on 02/05/2012 7:46:49 AM PST by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: aruanan

Isn’t there some orbiting satellite that can bring us photos of the Lake Vostok area? Perhaps we can see if there was flooding and subsequent freezing there.


28 posted on 02/05/2012 7:47:14 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: Notforprophet

Don’t you hate when that happens?


29 posted on 02/05/2012 7:47:42 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected. Lets Newter the RINOS, then the Blank.)
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To: PJ-Comix
I'm thinking that the most realistic theory so far presented is that they drilled through to the under the ice lake and the water pressure sent a tower of water up that covered the scientists and froze them like human Popsicles.

For instance, CO2 in Lake Nyos and methane in Lake Tanganyika.
30 posted on 02/05/2012 7:50:24 AM PST by aruanan
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To: GQuagmire

Everything links this story to THE THING (the new version, the older version (with Kurt Russell) , the Older,older version, and the original book story “WHO GOES THERE”.

None of this is really correct. There was a movie, although I don’t remember the name of it at this time, that depicted scientists who were drilling into an underground lake at Vostok, and who released some unknown germ/life form. Several scientists had gotten stuck at the station due to the weather because one scientist had gotten very sick and could not be transported out.

The Russian scientists (the real ones) have been working on this dig for a long time, and there has always been a sort of secrecy going on with it, and there is a HUGE MAGNETIC ANOMALY associated with that area, as well as the underground lake. There were stories about it here on FR years ago.


31 posted on 02/05/2012 7:51:48 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: sodpoodle

Wouldn’t you love it if FR allowed you to edit posts after you click the Post button?


32 posted on 02/05/2012 7:54:29 AM PST by DManA (to)
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To: DonaldC
Or unleash some long dormant disease.

So... you saw that movie too? What was the name. And it wasn't the "THE THING" movies.

33 posted on 02/05/2012 7:55:09 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: PJ-Comix
Check out the part regarding Lake Vostok HERE
34 posted on 02/05/2012 7:56:35 AM PST by aruanan
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To: PJ-Comix

Its entirely possible that they’re fine but have lost communications for some reason. They could be making their way back to civilization as we speak.

Its odd to realize that there are still places on the surface of the earth that we can’t get to easily.


35 posted on 02/05/2012 7:57:13 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: PJ-Comix

How about this idea? Another post talked about a “large magnetic anomaly” that and the fact that there’s liquid water there tells me there is magma down there. Where there’s magma there are gasses.

They opened up a hole and suffocating gasses came out and killed them in seconds.


36 posted on 02/05/2012 7:58:28 AM PST by DManA (to)
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To: PJ-Comix

Sounds like the plot of a horror movie.

I’m guessing the expedition has been wiped out by now.


37 posted on 02/05/2012 7:59:37 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: DManA

****Wouldn’t you love it if FR allowed you to edit posts after you click the Post button?****

That would take all the fun out of FR for the ‘perfessers’

LOL!!!!

(p.s. when I post brilliant logic - the responses are quite sparse;)


38 posted on 02/05/2012 8:03:17 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: PJ-Comix
Yup. Temps are starting to drop and they will drop quickly. One of the best sites for info on the Antarctic is A-Net Station run by what appears to be an old European,hippie guy, George Maat. ( I wanted to find the pic of him standing outside in his underwear at 40 below but this will have to do.

That means he carries all the European, enviro-whacko views of things but I'll give him credit for setting up one of the very first web based radio stations and blogs. He's provided a lot of info over the years.

On his page there are "live" pics from the South Pole although you have to search around a bit to get the exact one I'm thinking of. His site is not surprisingly a bit cluttered and confusing. Maybe it's the cold or maybe too much hippieness, I don't know.

Here's a link to one of the "live" shots on his page.

39 posted on 02/05/2012 8:03:59 AM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt The Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: muawiyah

Eventually someone is going to drill a hole through something and tap into the innards of an intergalactic space cruiser.

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

I have had the same thought for decades. I fear that if I where financially well of, I would be known as that crazy old man who drills holes looking for one.


40 posted on 02/05/2012 8:05:15 AM PST by W. W. SMITH (Obama is Romney lite)
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To: PJ-Comix; Quagmire
Where have I heard this story before?

Wasn't this 'story' an episode of X-FILES ??????

41 posted on 02/05/2012 8:06:16 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: sodpoodle

Did you use a slide rule to make that calculation? Easy to get the decimal wrong with those things.


42 posted on 02/05/2012 8:07:00 AM PST by DManA (to)
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To: DManA

No - but I remember having to use one in my first job...I think it was made of ivory;)

Does anyone still manufacture them and/or use them?


43 posted on 02/05/2012 8:10:29 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: PJ-Comix
The hole was full of kerosene so they may have been cooked before they were frozen.
44 posted on 02/05/2012 8:12:28 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: dljordan

Early research into Lake Vostok indicated that the body of water had a depth of 2,000 feet - far deeper than any of the Great Lakes and half as deep as Asia’s Lake Baikal (5,000 feet) - a length of 300 miles and a width of 50 miles. Contrary to what was initially believed, the lake received filtered light.

Further investigations also detected the existence of geothermal sources which warmed the lake to an astonishing 50 degrees Fahrenheit, with “hot spots” of up to 65 degrees. Given these new discoveries regarding solar radiation and temperature, scientists suggested the possibility that the lake’s encapsulated atmosphere purified itself through a complex interaction with water, and that the chances for vegetable life forms were very good.

Scientists had expected to find magnetic anomalies in the range of 500 to 600 nanoteslas in areas where volcanic material could be located, but the ranges encountered were simply startling.

“This anomaly is so large that it cannot be the product of a daily change in the magnetic field,” stated Michael Studinger, one of the researchers involved in the mapping endeavor.

Also significant was the sheer size of the anomaly: 65 by 46 square miles.

SOURCE: http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/antarctica/antartica09.htm


45 posted on 02/05/2012 8:12:57 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: aruanan
Yeah, I checked it out and this part is disturbing:

A combination of crushing pressure, geothermal heat and the insulation of the thick ice above it is thought to keep the waters of Lake Vostok liquid.

Crushing pressure which means it is a real possibility that tons of water came rushing up the drill hole and covered the scientists with freezing water.

46 posted on 02/05/2012 8:13:54 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: KoRn

I hope the Russians have a lot of flamethrowers and high explosives.


47 posted on 02/05/2012 8:15:31 AM PST by LiveFree99
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To: PJ-Comix

I believe the Vostok Station only updates every six hours. I don’t know why.


48 posted on 02/05/2012 8:20:15 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: PJ-Comix
Isn’t there some orbiting satellite that can bring us photos of the Lake Vostok area?


49 posted on 02/05/2012 8:21:06 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: sodpoodle; DManA

-——in my first job——

One can only wonder. How did you get through school and to a first job without a slide rule?


50 posted on 02/05/2012 8:25:46 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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