Skip to comments.Silence shrouds Antarctic dig (Still No Contact From Russian Scientists at Lake Vostok Site)
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.
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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.
Astra Porta can cause a lot of magnetic interference....
Between my High School slide rule days and college HP started selling calculators. Pretty danged sophisticated ones too.
Sadly I won’t hold my breath. I’ll do it myself. I hope we all do.
It would be nice though.
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.
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?
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.
Uhhh, doesn't winter start on June 21?
The author is a journalist and therefore unconcerned with facts.
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..
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.
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....
“Wouldnt 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.
I think giant albino cave-penguins must have come boiling up from the deeps...
Freegards, remember to feed your shoggoths!
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.
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.
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.
Condition 1 at McMurdo station
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.
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.
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.
Russian "scientists" on the move.
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.
“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.
Who goes there?
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.
“Everything links this story...”
I meant... EVERYONE links this story...
(bad fingers, bad fingers)
No matter what theory is correct, the outcome is the same: POPSICLES
Any ususual seismic activity in that region?
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.
The strange thing here is the silence on this topic from Russian news sources.
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...
A moment of silence will not help anything.
“Also significant was the sheer size of the anomaly: 65 by 46 square miles.”
It’s the Mothership.
Weather satation back on line....
Weather station back on line....
“I hope the Russians have a lot of flamethrowers and high explosives.”
And underwear, lots of underwear.
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.
OMG! They've discovered the battery pack for the Earth's gravitational generator! We're DOOMED!
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.
(and that is from 2/3/2011 A YEAR AGO. They were 100 feet away from the lake)
Oooo....-52F and 9mph wind. Not sure planes can fly in that.