We have breached Lake Vostok, confirms Russian team

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We have breached Lake Vostok, confirms Russian team - life - 08 February 2012 - New Scientist


A radar satellite image shows smooth ice over the surface of Lake Vostok, over 3.5 kilometres down (Image: Canadian Space Agency/Radasat/NASA/Science Photo Library)



Update: Russian scientists have now confirmed that they have indeed breached Lake Vostok. It is the first time one of Antarctica's subglacial lakes has been penetrated. According to an official statement [in Russian], the drill entered the lake at 20.25 Moscow time on 5 February. Thirty to forty metres of water rose into the borehole, confirming that the drill had reached the lake itself and not a small pocket of liquid water above the lake surface.

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Lake Vostok has been isolated from the surface for millions of years, and many hope it contains bizarre new life forms. At present, however, that seems unlikely. The drillers have already sampled wedges of accretion ice – lake water that has naturally frozen onto the underside of the ice sheet – and although some researchers claim it contains bacteria, others write this off as contamination.

Moreover, the ice above is loaded with bubbles of trapped air. That air has accumulated in the lake for millennia, boosting the oxygen concentrations in the water and creating a potentially toxic environment. Some say that as a result, it is likely that the lake is completely sterile.

That could be just as interesting. If Lake Vostok turns out to be sterile, that will make it the only place on Earth where there is water but no life.

I'm betting that there'll be some weird and wonderful creatures new to science, thus enhancing the Theory of Evolution and confirming that life can thrive in all sorts of hazardous places. Deep sea vents being a good example.

DC
 
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Not to mention Phillipstown in New Tredegar. Sone weird life forms up there.

But on a serious note, it'll be interesting to see what comes of it.
 
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Personally, I'd be very interested to see how the organisms down there (if there are any) are generating energy, presumably no photosynthesis, and no thermal heat from the Earth either. There are probably lots of different applications for them I would have thought
 
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Personally, I'd be very interested to see how the organisms down there (if there are any) are generating energy, presumably no photosynthesis, and no thermal heat from the Earth either. There are probably lots of different applications for them I would have thought

Ya my old school biology textbooks suggesting all living things need light and oxygen to live are way out of date. I should think there'll be bacteria in abundance at least. If the lake has been isolated for millions of years there's ample opportunity for weird things to evolve. You get blind crabs and shrimp at deep sea vents and mad stuff like angler fish at very deep ocean levels. Apparently the lake is really deep too so God knows what's down there.

Wouldn't fancy going down there myself mind you.











What the f**k is that?
 
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Primitive life forms from deep down do not look very friendly DC...I wonder why? Are they muslims?

It is not clear that they evolved to live at such depths or the other way...Perhaps we came from such a dark and hostile environment. Human behavior sure indicates this...

Let's hope that the Russians find something really really interesting...like petrol and everything. I love science.
 
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What are they doing?!?! Have they not watched "The Thing"?!?! They're all gonna die!!
The Thing should be the least of their worries.

Ever read H. P. Lovecraft?

"It is absolutely necessary, for the peace and safety of mankind, that some of earth's dark, dead corners and unplumbed depths be let alone; lest sleeping abnormalities wake to resurgent life, and blasphemously surviving nightmares squirm and splash out of their black lairs to newer and wider conquests."
 
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Would be interesting if by doing this they release some new bacteria that could wipe out humans, wonder how they would square that one away.
 
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I'm betting that there'll be some weird and wonderful creatures new to science, thus enhancing the Theory of Evolution and confirming that life can thrive in all sorts of hazardous places. Deep sea vents being a good example.
You really think it'll make any difference to the idiots who promote Intelligent Design*?

[*Other theories are available. Always check with your pharmacist.]
 
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Ya my old school biology textbooks suggesting all living things need light and oxygen to live are way out of date. I should think there'll be bacteria in abundance at least. If the lake has been isolated for millions of years there's ample opportunity for weird things to evolve. You get blind crabs and shrimp at deep sea vents and mad stuff like angler fish at very deep ocean levels. Apparently the lake is really deep too so God knows what's down there.

Wouldn't fancy going down there myself mind you.











What the f**k is that?
My ex wife
 
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"It is absolutely necessary, for the peace and safety of mankind, that some of earth's dark, dead corners and unplumbed depths be let alone; lest sleeping abnormalities wake to resurgent life, and blasphemously surviving nightmares squirm and splash out of their black lairs to newer and wider conquests."
Written shortly after Lovecraft's visit to Retford and Doncaster.
 
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does The Thing know that we've scrapped our harriers?
The Thing can replicate all known forms of life.

It'll be fucked when it tries to assimilate Croydon.
 
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Would be interesting if by doing this they release some new bacteria that could wipe out humans, wonder how they would square that one away.
More to the point, the scientists could "rend the fabric of the Pooliverse" by introducing some nasty contaminant into a unique environment that had remained unbreached for millions of years.




 
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Either this is going to go on the market as "The purest water on earth" in fancy bottles for huge sums of money

OR

it will release some mutated germ or other that will bring on the
End of the World (tm) as predicted by some bloke called A. Ztec for the end of this year.
 
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Either this is going to go on the market as "The purest water on earth" in fancy bottles for huge sums of money

OR

it will release some mutated germ or other that will bring on the
End of the World (tm) as predicted by some bloke called A. Ztec for the end of this year.
Think you will find that was M Ayan as opposed to A. Ztec
 
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Either this is going to go on the market as "The purest water on earth" in fancy bottles for huge sums of money
Oh come off it, it's the Russians. It'll be used in the process of distilling a new super-Vodka!
 

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