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Russian scientists seeking Lake Vostok lost in frozen 'Land of the Lost'? (Attacked by "The Thing?")
FoxNews.Com ^ | February 2, 2012

Posted on 02/03/2012 4:58:37 AM PST by PJ-Comix

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, told FoxNews.com via email.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antarctica; godsgravesglyphs; lakevostok; ohsomysteriouso; russia; thething
My first thought when reading that these scientists went missing was "The Thing." They open up a lake that has been beneath the surface for 20 million years and release a virus that...

Well, you know the rest of the story.

1 posted on 02/03/2012 4:58:43 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Yes...It does sound pretty freaky.
Keep us posted, as I have not heard anything about it.


2 posted on 02/03/2012 5:02:49 AM PST by AlexW
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To: AlexW
Last sentence of the article:

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

I think it was already fodder for a made-for-movie movie called "The Thing."

3 posted on 02/03/2012 5:05:37 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: PJ-Comix

I did post before noticing the link.
I will have to read it a second time, but my bedtime now.
It all sounds pretty kooky.


4 posted on 02/03/2012 5:09:24 AM PST by AlexW
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To: PJ-Comix
Hmm. Let's consider all the possibilities: “The Thing”, secret hidden Nazis, dinosaurs, Alien vs. Predators, a giant walrus, (and others that I just forgot),

or,

bad weather on an unforgiving continent...

5 posted on 02/03/2012 5:14:42 AM PST by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is! I said you wouldn't know the joint.")
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To: AlexW

I’m assuming the Russians have more than one way to communicate with the outside world. If so, that makes this especially creepy since it happened just as Lake Vostok was being breached after being buried for 20 million years.


6 posted on 02/03/2012 5:15:48 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: PJ-Comix

“They open up a lake that has been beneath the surface for 20 million years and release a virus that...”

Yes that is a big fear among some scientists.

Some are thinking that the Russians are searching for rare earth minerals instead of Lake Vostok.


7 posted on 02/03/2012 5:21:31 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland ( Santorum/Palin 2012, the rest stink...)
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To: PJ-Comix

Just wait, they’ll find a latter day Nazi-created clone of Admiral Byrd who will shout “GO BACK!!!!” ;)


8 posted on 02/03/2012 5:21:35 AM PST by mkjessup (George Romney, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, John McCain, Mitt Romney = the RINO Losers!!)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland
Some are thinking that the Russians are searching for rare earth minerals instead of Lake Vostok.

Unobtainium?

9 posted on 02/03/2012 5:25:34 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: PJ-Comix
Lake Vostok is one of many subglacial antarctic lakes. It is just the biggest of them.

Their preliminary research results, to be published in the March 21 issue of the scientific journal Nature, reveal that although the lake is ancient, perhaps millions of years old, the waters of Lake Vostok are relatively young. Bell's paper demonstrates that over a period of 13,300 years, all of the water is removed by the overlying ice sheet and replaced from other sources. The Lake water captured by the moving ice sheet is deposited as layers of ice along Lake Vostok’s eastern shoreline. Exploring those ice layers is equivalent to exploring the lake itself.

Through radar soundings over Lake Vostok, Dr. Bell and her team determined that the ice formation in the southern half of Lake Vostok, holds buckling patterns frozen into the ice sheet as it flows over the lake. Following the trends of the buckled ice patterns, scientists were able to construct movement trajectories across the Lake. They then calculated the time it took ice to move from the west side of the Lake to the east–20,000 years over a distance of about 35 miles. By examining the ice flux out of the Lake, the team determined that every 13,300 years the ice sheet removes the equivalent of the entire volume of Lake Vostok.

As the ice sheet removes lake water like a continuous conveyor belt, lake waters must be replenished, either by melting of the ice sheet or by subglacial meltwater.

10 posted on 02/03/2012 5:28:08 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: mkjessup
This is what they found on the surface of that buried lake:


11 posted on 02/03/2012 5:30:57 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: PJ-Comix

They’re Norwegians, Mac.

I don’t know what got them, but it’s weird and it’s pissed off.


12 posted on 02/03/2012 5:34:29 AM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: PJ-Comix

65 tons of kerosene in the drill hole?

That doesn’t sound too earth friendly to me.


13 posted on 02/03/2012 5:35:23 AM PST by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: PJ-Comix
...scientists around the globe have been waiting with baited breath to see what the Russian's unearth this weekend.

Take a flamethrower to your copy writer, Fox. It's "bated" and "Russians".

14 posted on 02/03/2012 5:39:26 AM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Riley

James Arness was the original Thing in the 1951 “The Thing.” I understand that he used method acting to get into the role.


15 posted on 02/03/2012 5:43:38 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: PJ-Comix

Whatever they found, I hope they didn't put an electric blanket on it!

16 posted on 02/03/2012 6:26:36 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: PeteB570

The Russians did it, so it’s ok.

Communism GOOD.
Communist Space Program GOOD
NASA Muslim Outreach GOOD
Democrat GOOD.

Republican BAD.

It’s all I ever need to know.
Big Media is there for ME.

/s


17 posted on 02/03/2012 6:27:18 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: PJ-Comix

Still one of my favorite, cheesy, horror flicks. With some interesting story lines concerning the leftist scientist who would rather the monster killed everyone on earth because human beings are so awful opposite the heroes (Ken Tobey etal) who simply wanted to kill Marshall Dillon er I mean The Thing. As the movie was made in 1951, and the kill-the-darn-thing good guys won out, I wondering if this wasn’t a metaphor for what was going on politics-wise with McCarthy and the communist investigations?


18 posted on 02/03/2012 6:41:46 AM PST by driftless2
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To: PeteB570

Kerosene...

I liked how they said it: “...a fluid called kerosene...”

I wonder what the reaction would be if they said “a fluid called jet fuel”?


19 posted on 02/03/2012 6:46:08 AM PST by 5by5
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To: PJ-Comix
I wouldn't worry about them. They'll get in touch when they run out of beer and pickled eggs.


20 posted on 02/03/2012 6:46:16 AM PST by RetroSexual
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To: PJ-Comix

Ancient alien fish bait!

21 posted on 02/03/2012 6:46:17 AM PST by jetson
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To: PJ-Comix
increasingly anxious U.S. colleagues --

Not from Miskatonic University I hope....

22 posted on 02/03/2012 6:51:25 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: driftless2

Not to worry, in the Kurt Russell remake, the monster wins.

Ever see “A Cold Night’s Death”?
1973, Made for TV movie.
Arctic station, researchers getting murdered....
Surprise ending, at least for me when I was much younger.

Not sure the movie survives, have looked for it from time to time.


23 posted on 02/03/2012 6:52:11 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Yeah, never forget Cthulhu. He hates that. Maybe “Lake of Madness” would be a good title.


24 posted on 02/03/2012 6:58:59 AM PST by techcor (I hope Obama succeeds, in being a one term president.)
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To: treetopsandroofs

http://shop.vendio.com/HARDTOFINDFILMS/item/888765610/index.html


25 posted on 02/03/2012 6:58:59 AM PST by WSGilcrest (/s)
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To: 5by5

“Teaching” us without alarming us.

Are we at war with Eurasia this week?


26 posted on 02/03/2012 7:00:50 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: treetopsandroofs

http://shop.vendio.com/HARDTOFINDFILMS/item/888765610/index.html


27 posted on 02/03/2012 7:02:10 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: jetson

28 posted on 02/03/2012 7:11:37 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: PJ-Comix

More victims of the last remnants of the previous ice age. This is how dangerous global cooling is.

Something MUST be done before the entire planet plunges back into an endless winter!


29 posted on 02/03/2012 7:13:51 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: Dead Corpse
" More victims of the last remnants of the previous ice age. This is how dangerous global cooling is. Something MUST be done before the entire planet plunges back into an endless winter! "

Don't worry, Obama has it all covered. His economic policies have us all eating beans.

(Warmers say methane from farts are a major cause of GW...another idea they blew out their a$$)

30 posted on 02/03/2012 7:24:20 AM PST by AnTiw1
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To: WSGilcrest

Thanks very much!


31 posted on 02/03/2012 7:24:49 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: AnTiw1
I think I may start driving my 1978 Camaro to work. I took the catalytic converter off it to make room for the 30" glasspack mufflers and 3" dia. exhaust system.

Not only will the additional greenhouse gases help end this global cooling threat, but I oughta be able to shave a few minutes off my commute time as that car is a LOT faster than my Grand Am...

:-)

32 posted on 02/03/2012 7:31:17 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: treetopsandroofs

I don’t understand your comment about “at war with Eurasia.”

Most people don’t know what kerosene is anymore. It’s clear they’re trying to put an acceptable face on something that is environmentally pretty dubious. In contrast to the Russian effort, other scientific teams are using hot water which will have much less impact.


33 posted on 02/03/2012 7:42:17 AM PST by 5by5
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To: Dead Corpse

Tell everyone! Keep watching the skies!!


34 posted on 02/03/2012 7:43:53 AM PST by Radagast the Fool ("Be Brave! Be Brave! Be Brave!" -"War Horse")
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To: Radagast the Fool
Please doctor, I've got to ask this. It sounds like, well, just as though you're describing some form of super carrot.

Yeah... Doesn't quite have the same punch.

35 posted on 02/03/2012 7:51:35 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: Dead Corpse

lol!
One of my favorite movies, lots of lots of great lines!!


36 posted on 02/03/2012 8:55:32 AM PST by Radagast the Fool ("Be Brave! Be Brave! Be Brave!" -"War Horse")
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To: PJ-Comix
"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."

Unbelievable!
They're going to destroy this lake. All in the name of.. science.
And to what end? What knowledge do we need from this venture?

Leave it alone. Pump the kerosene out and go home.

37 posted on 02/03/2012 9:07:58 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: PJ-Comix
n the News/Activism forum, on a thread titled Russian scientists seeking Lake Vostok lost in frozen 'Land of the Lost'?


38 posted on 02/03/2012 9:09:50 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: LRS

Killer Penguins. Gotta be Killer Penguins.
Like Killer Whales, but amphibious.


39 posted on 02/03/2012 9:15:09 AM PST by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: 5by5

“I don’t understand your comment about “at war with Eurasia.””

It’s an obscure reference to “1984” and propaganda.

“Most people don’t know what kerosene is anymore.”

I agree. As one poster referred to it, they could have called it airplane fuel, but that wouldn’t have made the drilling sound as eco-friendly.


40 posted on 02/03/2012 9:34:11 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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I liked how they said it: “...a fluid called kerosene...”

They needed it to investigate a "fluid called water."

41 posted on 02/03/2012 1:30:50 PM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: treetopsandroofs

Never saw it. Sounds interesting. I’ll if it’s on a cable channel sometime.


42 posted on 02/03/2012 2:58:32 PM PST by driftless2
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To: treetopsandroofs; 5by5

“at war with Eurasia.”

Yes, and the Stock Market is up. /Lie

5by5, you should read “1984” by George Orwell.


43 posted on 02/03/2012 5:53:37 PM PST by fanfan (This is not my Father's Canada. http://www.ontariolandowners.ca/)
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To: Little Ray
LOL! Thanks! When it comes to a list of Antarctic horrors, how could I ever leave off the list the infamous Giant Killer Penguin!!
44 posted on 02/04/2012 5:52:46 AM PST by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is! I said you wouldn't know the joint.")
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks PJ-Comix.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


45 posted on 02/06/2012 4:45:24 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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