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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 ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antarctica; godsgravesglyphs; lakevostok; ohsomysteriouso; russia; russianscientists
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To: mardi59

It would be a nice gesture if at tonight’s Super Bowl, an announcer would ask for a moment of silence for the safety of the Lake Vostok scientists.


51 posted on 02/05/2012 8:26:57 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: PJ-Comix


52 posted on 02/05/2012 8:27:04 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: PJ-Comix
Russian Station at Lake Vostok.


53 posted on 02/05/2012 8:29:27 AM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: dljordan

Astra Porta can cause a lot of magnetic interference....

54 posted on 02/05/2012 8:30:24 AM PST by mikrofon (Stargate BUMP)
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To: bert

Between my High School slide rule days and college HP started selling calculators. Pretty danged sophisticated ones too.


55 posted on 02/05/2012 8:30:30 AM PST by DManA (to)
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To: PJ-Comix

Sadly I won’t hold my breath. I’ll do it myself. I hope we all do.

It would be nice though.


56 posted on 02/05/2012 8:31:21 AM PST by mardi59 ( Newt brings hope, and CHANGE is coming. 2012)
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To: PJ-Comix

57 posted on 02/05/2012 8:33:08 AM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: PJ-Comix
Seems there is more than just one lake.


58 posted on 02/05/2012 8:35:53 AM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: PJ-Comix

And I’m thinking they have no blowout preventers, drilled into the liquid lake, found it to be saturated with methane and some H2S, the well blew out caused a rather large accident.

It’s not like the place is on the moon. In the last 6 days they could have either flow over the place, tasked a satellite or just gone there. Geeesh, drama for the sake of drama.


59 posted on 02/05/2012 8:39:34 AM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: mikrofon
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60 posted on 02/05/2012 8:40:27 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

I wish they would say how many people are on this team. Is this two guys alone in the cold? They’re probably dead. Is it 10? 17? How many people are we talking about here?


61 posted on 02/05/2012 8:43:03 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: PJ-Comix


62 posted on 02/05/2012 8:44:13 AM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Sequoyah101
To be fair I'm not sure the weather would have permitted conventional aircraft into the area. Remember a few month s back when someone had to be flown out because of health problems? The planes couldn't land because of fuel turning to gel and other reasons. Eventually they did get the person out though.

Meanwhile I guesstimating that it's 1000-1200 miles to McMurdo or Casey. Pretty far to travel over questionable terrain.

And then I'm wondering is something potentially deadly WAS released from the lake, bacteria or otherwise, if it would be possible to make it's way to McMurdo or Casey and how long it would take.

63 posted on 02/05/2012 8:48:51 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: Izzy Dunne
as Antarctica's deadly winter draws near.

Uhhh, doesn't winter start on June 21?

The author is a journalist and therefore unconcerned with facts.

64 posted on 02/05/2012 8:50:47 AM PST by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: prisoner6
FWIW her is a link to a live webcam from McMurdo.
65 posted on 02/05/2012 8:51:13 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: Renegade

The thing with Kurt Russell is one of the best remakes of all time. He plays the part so good. And the Cast is great. Loved it..


66 posted on 02/05/2012 8:52:59 AM PST by crazydad
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To: Sequoyah101
It’s not like the place is on the moon. In the last 6 days they could have either flow over the place, tasked a satellite or just gone there. Geeesh, drama for the sake of drama.

I don't think it is drama for the sake of drama. Fact is planes can't fly in after a certain point due to the drop in temperature. They can't just go there by ground since it is so far away from the other Antarctic stations plus the low temps would make any such trip hazardous. I'm thinking we have to wait for the return of the Arctic summer next December to find out what really happened there.

67 posted on 02/05/2012 8:55:45 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: prisoner6
And a webcam from Casey station.

As others have noted the temp (-2.3C) Isn't bad at all and planes could fly. However when I checked earlier this week at A-Net station I could swear it was -30F and dropping. Of course this station is a good couple of thousand kilometers from Vostok IIRC.

Hmm wonder if there's a Vostok webcam....

68 posted on 02/05/2012 8:56:44 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: DManA

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

Depending on how that was done, you might end up with a lot or replies that didn’t make sense. (Well, Ok, that happens now.)

Folks might have to keep checking the original post to see if it had changed unless there was a change notification mechanism.


69 posted on 02/05/2012 9:04:51 AM PST by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: MadJack

I think giant albino cave-penguins must have come boiling up from the deeps...

Freegards, remember to feed your shoggoths!


70 posted on 02/05/2012 9:05:03 AM PST by Ransomed
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To: PJ-Comix

I think people spend way too much time concentrating on the official date at which winter starts there without recognizing the speed at which it approaches in those latitudes.

My cousin spent a winter in north central Alaska and was amazed at how fast the seasons changed. He said they went from shirtsleeve summer to 6 feet of snow winter in under 6 weeks.


71 posted on 02/05/2012 9:08:09 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: bert

I’m very very old;)

Pens & paper in school. My first job was at an innovative textile company where we actually used manual comptometers, slide rules in accounting and jacquard machines in production.


72 posted on 02/05/2012 9:09:28 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: All

There’s no telling what happened when/if they broke through. The kind of pressures that were trapped in there would be difficult to deal with and reducing the pressure in there would bring other consequences.


73 posted on 02/05/2012 9:09:44 AM PST by Beach333
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To: crazydad

Condition 1 at McMurdo station

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz2SeEzxMuE


74 posted on 02/05/2012 9:10:38 AM PST by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: cripplecreek

Heck, I was even amazed in northern Minnesota. Hot as could be with huge mosquitoes right up to Labor Day, then the light got that golden fallish tinge, the wind started to blow, the temperature started dropping day by day, the leaves turned and blew off in a matter of weeks and then snow, by October.

Here, we get a cool spell, then “Indian Summer” with daytime temps in the seventies or even eighties, and fall color doesn’t start until late October or early November. Something frozen usually falls a little bit before Christmas, with the first measurable winter precipitation coming between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Some years it doesn’t happen at all, like this year thus far.


75 posted on 02/05/2012 9:16:05 AM PST by RegulatorCountry (+)
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To: Mmogamer

WOW! That Condition 1 is truly frightening. You can’t even see a foot into that blizzard. And that video really illustrates why those Russian scientists need to leave Lake Vostok right away.


76 posted on 02/05/2012 9:16:56 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: KrisKrinkle

I have seen that feature abused on other sites that allow it. You post something outrageous, someone else replies, you go back and amend your post to make the replier look like a moron.

You would need to have a fairly narrow window of time to allow a change. To avoid the above trap you just wait until the window elapses before you post.


77 posted on 02/05/2012 9:25:26 AM PST by DManA (to)
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To: Beach333
The Russians haven't indicated that they are having difficulties; they just stopped talking with the Englander scientists. Those crazy Ruskies are probably just on their way over to pay them a friendly suprise visit.

Hallo Englanders

Russian "scientists" on the move.

78 posted on 02/05/2012 9:26:44 AM PST by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

There’s a big difference between here in far southern Michigan and up in the UP. Winter comes a good month earlier up there.

This winter is an exceptionally warm one. Its been like Tennessee or something most of the winter. Its in the 40s right now and been that way or warmer through almost the entire winter. Daytime temps are usually in the teens and twenties through January and February. The ice was only marginally safe for fishing for about a week and now the lake is better than half open again.

If this is global warming they’ll play hell convincing us that its bad.


79 posted on 02/05/2012 9:27:56 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

“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”.


An even more likely theory is that something was disturbed from its 20 million year slumber. Once awakened, its first thought was to satisfying its enormous hunger. Those Russian scientists probably have been consumed, and the Creature From the Deep is again on the prowl.


80 posted on 02/05/2012 9:33:49 AM PST by perchprism (To those about to revolt, we salute you.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Who goes there?


81 posted on 02/05/2012 9:43:26 AM PST by Ted Grant
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To: Ted Grant

Has anybody seen the 2011 Remake of the 1982 Remake of “The Thing?” If so, what did you think because right now I feel like renting it.


82 posted on 02/05/2012 9:50:12 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: GQuagmire

“Everything links this story...”

I meant... EVERYONE links this story...

(bad fingers, bad fingers)


83 posted on 02/05/2012 9:52:28 AM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: DManA

No matter what theory is correct, the outcome is the same: POPSICLES


84 posted on 02/05/2012 9:55:07 AM PST by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Any ususual seismic activity in that region?


85 posted on 02/05/2012 9:55:53 AM PST by colinhester
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To: PJ-Comix

I saw it in the theaters, opening day.

It’s a bit remake, a bit prequel. If you’re a big fan of the 1982 film, definitely see it.

It’s good, but not great. It takes you somewhere the 1982 film didn’t. The lead is no McCready, but she is ok.


86 posted on 02/05/2012 10:01:46 AM PST by Ted Grant
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To: 2111USMC

Corpsicles.


87 posted on 02/05/2012 10:04:06 AM PST by DManA (to)
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To: Ted Grant

The strange thing here is the silence on this topic from Russian news sources.


88 posted on 02/05/2012 10:08:36 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: PJ-Comix

There’s no problem. It’s just that AT&T has cut off their cellphones for non-payment of their bill.I hate it when that happens...

.


89 posted on 02/05/2012 10:13:32 AM PST by flatfish
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To: PJ-Comix
it's a politically correct remake with a girl as the hero...
90 posted on 02/05/2012 11:01:25 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: PJ-Comix
i just checked Pravda and there is nothing... not one word
91 posted on 02/05/2012 11:12:01 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: PJ-Comix

A moment of silence will not help anything.


92 posted on 02/05/2012 11:25:25 AM PST by Principle Over Politics (Romney 2012 is McCain 2008. No more RINOs!)
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To: UCANSEE2

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

It’s the Mothership.


93 posted on 02/05/2012 11:37:07 AM PST by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: PJ-Comix

Weather satation back on line....


94 posted on 02/05/2012 11:38:00 AM PST by colinhester
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To: PJ-Comix

Weather station back on line....


95 posted on 02/05/2012 11:38:14 AM PST by colinhester
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To: LiveFree99

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

And underwear, lots of underwear.


96 posted on 02/05/2012 11:38:28 AM PST by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: colinhester

Hmmm...back or just a clever ruse?

Up from the depths of the earth...The Slime People.

Oh wait, they’ve been here for awhile as evidenced by the democrat party.


97 posted on 02/05/2012 11:52:48 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: UCANSEE2
but there is also a LARGE MAGNETIC ANOMALY right below that entire area.

OMG! They've discovered the battery pack for the Earth's gravitational generator! We're DOOMED!

98 posted on 02/05/2012 11:57:15 AM PST by Sarajevo (Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental)
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To: Beach333

READ THIS:

One major concern is the Russians have filled the hole they’re drilling with more than 14,000 gallons of kerosene and Freon to prevent it from freezing shut. The Russians have engineered their system so that when they break through into the lake, water pressure from below is supposed to push the drilling fluids up the hole, rather than letting them pour into the lake and contaminate it.

SOURCE: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/03/133441327/deep-below-antarctic-ice-lake-may-soon-see-light

(and that is from 2/3/2011 A YEAR AGO. They were 100 feet away from the lake)


99 posted on 02/05/2012 12:04:45 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: colinhester

Oooo....-52F and 9mph wind. Not sure planes can fly in that.


100 posted on 02/05/2012 12:04:59 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt The Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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