Missing Scientists Mystery Deepens in Frozen Antarctica.
Lake Vostok is a lake in Antarctica trapped miles below the surface of the ice, which hasn’t been exposed to the surface atmosphere for over 20 Million years. A team from Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) had been attempting to explore and investigate this lake by drilling into the ice to reach a vast, dark body of water hidden 13,000 ft. below the surface of the icy continent. They had been in contact with other teams in Antarctica while doing this work. Unfortunately, as I believe they were nearing breaking through to the trapped ancient Lake Vostok, it appears the Russian Team is no longer communicating as they were before. What happened to the Russian Team? What is in Lake Vostok?
The world holds its breath, hoping for the best after six days of radio silence from Antarctica …where the team is racing the clock and the oncoming winter to dig to an alien lake far beneath the ice.
When the winter arrives in the next few weeks, the temperature can get twice as cold. Vostok Station boasts the lowest recorded temperature on Earth: -89.4 degrees Celsius (-129 degrees Fahrenheit).
Despite of six days of radio silence from Antarctica, there is no reason to be concerned. Antarctic scientists carry Iridium satellite phones for communication, but there are spots without coverage. The team may have encountered a technical issue. Meanwhile scientists are enormously excited about what life-forms might be found there but are equally worried about contaminating the lake with drilling fluids and bacteria, and the potentially explosive “de-gassing” of a body of water that has especially high concentrations of oxygen and nitrogen.
Perhaps they have simply packed up and are travelling home …keeping their discoveries to themselves?
It reminds me of the movie ‘The Thing’ from 1982.
A remake of ‘The Thing’ was released only last year, 2011…