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Antarctic drilling project called off


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#1    Saru

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:17 AM

An effort to bore through two miles of Antarctic ice to reach Lake Ellsworth has had to be aborted.

BBC News said:

An ambitious mission to drill through Antarctic ice to a lake that has been sealed off for thousands of years has been cut short.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:11 PM

Mother Nature knows what she`s doing .


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 01:51 PM

Isn't there a film where a group of people tried to drill the ice, then made a crack that make the whole ice continent to break apart, then lead to disaster?


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:16 PM

My thoughts are if they do drill to the bottom whats to say they dont end up leaking some crazy killer bactiera or some super dino virus that would destroy all that we know.....LOL


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:17 PM

Is this the current 'phallic wager'? Mt Everest getting boring?


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:32 AM

aww that sucks


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:08 AM

View Postsergeantflynn, on 28 December 2012 - 12:11 PM, said:

Mother Nature knows what she`s doing .
Did you bother to read the article? It was a technical problem.


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:52 PM

Call off what you can't do??.. typical" . We send all these things into space to get an upper hand on the competition like n. Korea to kil l that nuke satellite. But when we find human bones in our back yard that are 12 ft tall we dismiss it as a natural occurring freak in nature. Government only cares on resources, and defense


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:52 PM

A shame.. I was looking forward to seeing if anything interesting is under there..


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:22 PM

It was POSTPONED until next year due to technical difficulties, NOT called-off all together.

They will continue drilling at that time(the next favorable season cycle), once they figure-out the "bypass" problem.


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Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:18 PM

This has been, and will continue to be, a multi-year project.

All is still good. There was(is) a major snag. However, the engineer's are confident that they will overcome that "snag" of the incomplete bypass relief far under the ice.

The bypass connection is important to relieve pressure; else further drilling can not continue in a scientifically responsible way.

That connection was unable to be done, and was determined that there was not enough time in that current season-cycle to do much to correct it.

Hence, they have to wait until next year.


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:25 AM

EDIOTS





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