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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 08:57 PM

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A team of Russian scientists has mysteriously lost contact with colleagues in the U.S. as they drill into a lake buried beneath the Antarctic ice for 20 million years.

The scientists had been battling conditions of minus 66C at Lake Vostok, as they raced to drill into a lake buried two miles beneath the ice before the weather closed in.The scientists hope the lake's untouched water will reveal more about life on our planet 20 million years ago.

The lake, in the most inhospitable region of the planet, is kept liquid by geothermal heat under the ice and its conditions are often described as 'alien' because they are thought to be akin to the subterranean lakes on Jupiter's moon Europa.

Their radio silence has conjured 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.

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:07 PM

*sigh* That's more Ancient Evil unleashed, I suppose ..

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:08 PM

Lovecraft was right!  :blink:

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:20 PM

Uh huh, aliens have wiped out the scientists because they were getting too close to the "secret lair". The answer is almost certainly the result of the minus 66 C temperatures which play havoc with men and equipment alike. Hopefully the men are o.k. and they can continue the research, because it would be interesting to find extremophile life forms under the ice. In the unlikely event such life is unrelated to other terrestrial life, it will be a good analog for life on some of the frozen moons of the outer solar system.

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:40 PM

There's an episode of The X-files just like this. It's a bubonic carrying alien maggot killing everyone.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 08:22 AM

[Contact not lost with Russian polar workers in Antarctica]

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 08:48 AM

The only evil likely to be unleashed is water under extreme pressure, they really don't know what to expect.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 04:37 PM

A second source confirms Russian scientists at Lake Vostok not 'lost'. Goes into more detail on what they're doing, and hope to accomplish. It seems to be uncertain if they can reach the lake with their drill this season, before the weather worsens. They must leave while it's still possible to fly out. Link to article: http://www.usnews.co...lated-links:TOP

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 10:42 PM

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 11:52 PM

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 05:28 AM

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 02:04 PM

Has everyone forgotten about this news article about "SUPERBUGS" being found in antarctica? Maybe they all died from this ancient bateria strain that our bodies aren't accustomed to...

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 02:22 PM

Is the lake itself like in a cave? or is it litterally a bubble in the ground completely filled with water?

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 02:31 PM

View PostBracket, on 03 February 2012 - 09:08 PM, said:

Lovecraft was right!  :blink:
eg? :(

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 03:46 PM

"Lake Vostok is of particular interest to scientists as it contains one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world and has been uncontaminated by modern pollutants due to its location deep down below the Antarctic ice."

When the drill hits the water, wont it then be contaminated?

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