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World holds its breath for Russian scientists drilling in Antarctic (No Contact)
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | February 4, 2012 | Rob Cooper and Thomas Durante

Posted on 02/04/2012 5:14:39 PM PST by PJ-Comix

The scientific community is holding its breath for a team of Russian scientists that has been out of contact with colleagues in the U.S for six days, as they drill into a lake buried beneath the Antarctic ice for 20 million years.

They have to evacuate their station by Tuesday - when winter proper kicks in and temperatures start to drop to an inhospitable minus 90C.

The scientists are currently battling conditions of up to minus 66C at Lake Vostok as they raced to drill into a lake buried two miles beneath the ice before the weather closed in.

They were hoping water in the lake, the most inhospitable region of the planet, would reveal more about ancient life on our planet - but they have fallen silent just days before the deadly winter is due to begin.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: antarctica; catastrophism; godsgravesglyphs; lakevostok; ohsomysteriouso; russia; thething
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Their radio silence has chilling echoes of classic horror film The Thing, where scientists dig up a buried spacecraft in the Antarctic ice, only to unleash an extraterrestrial horror within.

Geothermal heat under the ice keeps the lake liquid, and its conditions are often described as 'alien' because they are thought to be akin to the subterranean lakes on Jupiter's moon Europa.

The water inside the lake will have had no contact with man-made pollutants or Earthly life forms for millions of years.

1 posted on 02/04/2012 5:14:47 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

High pressure on the water. Drill head bursts spraying water. Temp -40 f. Popsicle scientists.

Just a thought.


2 posted on 02/04/2012 5:20:05 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: PJ-Comix
Good morning, comrades.


3 posted on 02/04/2012 5:20:46 PM PST by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: PJ-Comix

I’m not thinking aliens. I’m thinking DINOSAURS.


4 posted on 02/04/2012 5:20:46 PM PST by Argus
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To: PJ-Comix

Those temperatures must be Fahrenheit(F) not Centigrade(C)..


5 posted on 02/04/2012 5:24:45 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: PJ-Comix
Oy! Prayers up. Cold sucks.

/johnny

6 posted on 02/04/2012 5:24:45 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: PJ-Comix
Just taking a shot in the dark here and saying ancient frozen aliens.

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7 posted on 02/04/2012 5:25:40 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: JimSEA
Popsicle scientists.

I think the word would be corpicle. Make falling into the North Sea in January seem like a sauna bath.

I just turned up the heater thinking about it.

/johnny

8 posted on 02/04/2012 5:28:17 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JimSEA

High pressure on the water. Drill head bursts spraying water. Temp -40 f. Popsicle scientists.

Just a thought.


As good or better than any other.

There’s something kind of spooky about this.


9 posted on 02/04/2012 5:28:46 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: JimSEA

Yeah, I believe at 40 below water pretty much freezes INSTANTLY. Also keep in mind that water would also be just above freezing to start with.


10 posted on 02/04/2012 5:29:25 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Prayers up. God help them.


11 posted on 02/04/2012 5:30:00 PM PST by NakedRampage (Puttin' the "stud" in Bible study)
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To: unkus

The creepiest thing is that the outside world will have to wait until LATE this year to find out what happened to them if they don’t make contact soon.


12 posted on 02/04/2012 5:32:14 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

I’ll admit I’m stupid.

Why aren’t they doing this during the summer?

(I’m afraid I just asked the equivalent of “Why don’t we travel to the sun at night?”)


13 posted on 02/04/2012 5:33:19 PM PST by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: hosepipe

Those temps don’t make sense either way.


14 posted on 02/04/2012 5:33:28 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: PJ-Comix
I hope they're okay.

15 posted on 02/04/2012 5:34:27 PM PST by I see my hands (The old sod ne'er shall be forgot.)
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To: PJ-Comix

"eyup, first thing I thought

16 posted on 02/04/2012 5:35:07 PM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Larry Lucido
Why aren’t they doing this during the summer?

It is summer south of the equator until March 21.

17 posted on 02/04/2012 5:35:14 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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To: PJ-Comix
I've lived in the far north of Canada, and worked in the Arctic. I can attest that most water doesn't freeze instantly, even at -60 F.

If you were to cool water to the freezing point, and hold it there until the latent heat of fusion dissipates — then, you could freeze water instantly.

OTOH, it is safe to make yellow snow — despite the tall tales that abound in the Arctic.

Conversation, OTOH, can be difficult. You have to pick the words up, carry them inside your cabin, and thaw them on the stove before you can hear them.

18 posted on 02/04/2012 5:36:21 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: PJ-Comix

Something swallowed them up. The Creature from the Antarctic. /s

It is definately creepy.


19 posted on 02/04/2012 5:36:21 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Larry Lucido
Why aren’t they doing this during the summer?

Um...This is SUMMER in the Antarctic. Below the equator the seasons are the opposite of ours. So those incredibly low temps are still not as low as they will be months from now when it is our summer and their WINTER. That is why they have to leave by Tuesday. Each day down there it is becoming colder and COLDER.

20 posted on 02/04/2012 5:36:56 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: cripplecreek
Separated at birth?


21 posted on 02/04/2012 5:37:23 PM PST by Salamander (If I'm too rough, tell me.....I'm so scared your little head will come off in my hands.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Yeah just realized antarctic is the other way.

But then....how does “winter proper” start on Tuesday?

Again, ignorant.


22 posted on 02/04/2012 5:37:30 PM PST by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: hosepipe
The world's lowest temperature was -89.2°C at Vostok Station, so the article's estimate of -90°C is pretty close.
23 posted on 02/04/2012 5:39:14 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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To: unkus

Gee, lets see, drill into a lake with millions of tons of ice pressing down on it. What could go wrong? Look for the scientists at the bottom of the ice volcano.


24 posted on 02/04/2012 5:39:39 PM PST by Justa
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To: Salamander
Rong rost ruv child.

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25 posted on 02/04/2012 5:40:06 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: jjotto
Antarctica had an unusual cold snap. Could be Gore effect because he is visiting another part of that continent. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/02/02/the-gore-effect-kicks-in-plus-ca-change/
26 posted on 02/04/2012 5:40:57 PM PST by palmer (Before reading this post, please send me $2.50)
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To: unkus; PJ-Comix

***Something swallowed them up. The Creature from the Antarctic. /s

It is definately creepy.***

Giant maneating penguins like in AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS by H P LOVECRAFT.


27 posted on 02/04/2012 5:42:52 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Justa

Look for the scientists at the bottom of the ice volcano.


In that case, they’ll never be found.


28 posted on 02/04/2012 5:44:55 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Larry Lucido
Yeah, that doesn't make sense. Around here the highest temperatures of the year are in late July. so maybe the author is confused about when the average temperature peaks and starts to go downhill vs.. "the start of winter". Weatherundergroud.com predicts that it will get up to a balmy -26°F next weekend.
29 posted on 02/04/2012 5:45:26 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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To: palmer

http://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica%20fact%20file/antarctica%20environment/climate_graph/vostok_south_pole_mcmurdo.htm


30 posted on 02/04/2012 5:45:26 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: JimSEA
Maybe their radio is broken? Just a thought.

But I do hope they are ok. It's a job I wouldn't want.

31 posted on 02/04/2012 5:46:05 PM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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Pflr


32 posted on 02/04/2012 5:47:45 PM PST by crghill (Silly Mormons, God is triune.)
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To: PJ-Comix
conditions of up to minus 66C

That's some serious shrinkage right there.

33 posted on 02/04/2012 5:47:56 PM PST by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: hosepipe
Those temperatures must be Fahrenheit(F) not Centigrade(C)..

At -40 they're equal.

I.e. -40F = -40C.

ML/NJ

34 posted on 02/04/2012 5:53:35 PM PST by ml/nj
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Last line of story: “Former Vice President Al Gore is currently on an unrelated expedition near the Weddell Sea with Virgin magnate Richard Branson, filmmaker James Cameron and dozens of others.”

One: God only knows what role the Abominable Goreman might have played in the Russian scientist mystery.

Two: Beyond all that, how ineffably stupid must Cameron, Branson et al. actually be to be stuck on a South Pole expedition with that stupid boring lying bloated gaseous bag of s-—?

Heaven help us all with men like that in positions of influence.


35 posted on 02/04/2012 5:53:35 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Semper911

I... Can’t... Breathe... (Based on the headline).


36 posted on 02/04/2012 5:54:59 PM PST by Treeless Branch
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To: PJ-Comix
C'mon people, let's be rational. They've obviously found the entrance to hollow earth and are relaxing in a tropical paradise.

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37 posted on 02/04/2012 5:55:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
it is safe to make yellow snow

I've been in Canada doing cold weather vehicle testing when it was -40 and no way I'm pulling out my junk to test that premise.

38 posted on 02/04/2012 5:58:14 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: PJ-Comix

God be with these men.

This terrifies me. I just thought of that movie “The Thing” with Kurt Russell and it gave me the chills.

I hope they are okay.


39 posted on 02/04/2012 6:02:03 PM PST by mardi59 ( Newt brings hope, and CHANGE is coming. 2012)
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To: PJ-Comix

“Winter proper” in the Southern Hemisphere would begin in late June, no?

I think they’re just talking about this storm. Even the summers in Antarctica are frighteningly frigid.

Scientist-sicles. You’d think they’d keep constantly on the radio or something.


40 posted on 02/04/2012 6:02:29 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Larry Lucido

“Why aren’t they doing this during the summer?”

They WERE doing it during the summer. It’s now early fall, not far from the autumnal equinox, which is the point where the sun goes down for good at that latitude. When the sun sets, all activity in the Antarctic stops until Sept. 21.


41 posted on 02/04/2012 6:09:01 PM PST by BlazingArizona
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To: cripplecreek

Hey ‘creek’’ is it me or does this dude have some head of hair or what? Man, how does he do it?


42 posted on 02/04/2012 6:13:34 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: hosepipe
Vostok station holds the record for the lowest ever temperature recorded at the surface of the Earth (−89.2°C). http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/about_antarctica/geography/weather/temperatures.php So 66Cis not out of line.
43 posted on 02/04/2012 6:22:26 PM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: jmacusa
Man, how does he do it?

ALIENS!

44 posted on 02/04/2012 6:25:10 PM PST by null and void (Day 1111 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: null and void
ALIENS!

It's obvious.
45 posted on 02/04/2012 6:28:42 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Fightin Whitey

Well, Cameron ‘s probably looking for another wife . . .


46 posted on 02/04/2012 6:30:37 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: Larry Lucido
But then....how does “winter proper” start on Tuesday?

There are no more proper winters, Larry.

47 posted on 02/04/2012 6:44:04 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: Larry Lucido
You did. It's summer down there and now it is ending. I have a work colleague that is currently on a sabbatical down there working at McMurdo Station running the mobile equipment shop. He originally wanted to go for a “winter” tour but they made him wait for “summer” first. He can't wait to get back to his real job and family here in Wyoming and “leaves the ice” next Thursday. He has sent me some really cool pictures of the South Pole during his tour.
48 posted on 02/04/2012 6:46:29 PM PST by 3boysdad (The very elect.)
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To: Treeless Branch

So, you’re one of them scientists?


49 posted on 02/04/2012 6:46:34 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Oy! Prayers up. Cold sucks.”

I can’t think of a better bunch to handle super-cold temperatures. But even so, I certainly wish them the best. Sooner, rather than later, we’re going to have to team up with them to deal with China and the bearded ones. After reading the books that I have, I have a BOATLOAD of respect for what they’ve had to deal with, and a BOATLOAD of respect for the level of sacrifice they’ve put themselves through, just to try to keep their children from getting minced up.


50 posted on 02/04/2012 6:48:56 PM PST by BobL (I don't care about his past - Newt will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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