Science & Technology
Contact with Vostok team 'not lost'
By T.K. Randall
February 6, 2012 · 26 comments
Image Credit: Calee Allen / NOAA
The research team have been drilling down in to the waters of an ancient freshwater lake under the ice.
Reports that contact had been lost with the team have been played down this week with some experts citing a busy work schedule as the reason for their lack of communications. The team only has a small window of opportunity left in which to complete their work due to the impending Antarctic winter that will see temperatures drop to as low as -89C.
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.
An American professor and expert of the Antarctic said he believes contact with a team of Russian scientists that has not made contact with colleagues in the U. S for seven days has merely been busy as they drill into a lake buried beneath the Antarctic ice for 20 million years.
Source: Daily Mail
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