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Saturday, February 05, 2011

LINDSAY SELBY: Unknown lake to be explored

Russia poised to breach mysterious Antarctic lake
By Alissa de Carbonnel
MOSCOW Fri Feb 4, 2011 7:34pm GMT


MOSCOW (Reuters) - For 15 million years, an icebound lake has remained sealed deep beneath Antarctica's frozen crust, possibly hiding prehistoric or unknown life. Now Russian scientists are on the brink of piercing through to its secrets."There's only a bit left to go," Alexei Turkeyev, chief of the Russian polar Vostok Station, told Reuters by satellite phone. His team has drilled for weeks in a race to reach the lake, 3,750 meters (12,000 ft) beneath the polar ice cap, before the end of the brief Antarctic summer.It was here that the coldest temperature ever found on Earth -- minus 89.2 Celsius (minus 128.6 Fahrenheit) -- was recorded.With the rapid onset of winter, scientists will be forced to leave on the last flight out for this season, on Feb 6."It's minus 40 (Celsius) outside," Turkeyev said. "But whatever, we're working. We're feeling good. There's only 5 meters left until we get to the lake so it'll all be very soon.


"Scientists suspect the lake's depths will reveal new life forms, show how the planet was before the ice age and how life evolved. It could offer a glimpse at what conditions for life exist in the similar extremes of Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa."It's like exploring an alien planet where no one has been before. We don't know what we'll find," said Valery Lukin of Russia's Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) in St Petersburg, which oversees the expedition.


Experts say the ice sheet acts like a duvet, trapping in the Earth's geothermal heat and preventing the lakes from freezing.Sediment from the lake could take scientists back millions of years to tropical prehistoric times, the AARI's Lukin said.Lake Vostok, about the size of Lake Baikal in Siberia, is the largest, deepest and most isolated of Antarctica's 150 subglacial lakes. It is supersaturated with oxygen, resembling no other known environment on Earth.

Read rest here :
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/04/us-russia-antarctica-lake-idUKTRE7135MB20110204

1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

Consider the depth of the lake in relation to the story of Lost Atlantis. The area is continental crust and yet the ice has pressed it down to a depth of 2 1/2 miles. There is therefore no reason why seawater could not press down a continental mass to a depth of 2 1/2 miles as a counterpart to this. We do know (and we have measured) that the underlying bedrock goes down in depth when the land area is flooded in freshwater during seasonal high waters, such as in the Amazon basin. Furthermore, we know that the process can be quite rapid in a geological sense.