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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 06:37 AM

Antarctic 'lost world' to be explored

Final checks are under way in Antarctica before the launch of a daring attempt to investigate an ancient lake beneath the ice-sheet.

Lake Ellsworth lies below ice that is at least two miles (3.2km) thick.

Its pitch-black waters have remained isolated and unseen for up to half a million years.

This will be the first attempt to extract uncontaminated samples of water and sediment from a body of water so far below the surface.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20623774

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Reply Antarctic 'lost world' to be explored (Original post)
dipsydoodle Dec 2012 OP
geckosfeet Dec 2012 #1
sharp_stick Dec 2012 #2
geckosfeet Dec 2012 #8
SCVDem Dec 2012 #3
Javaman Dec 2012 #4
dipsydoodle Dec 2012 #6
Javaman Dec 2012 #12
dipsydoodle Dec 2012 #13
Javaman Dec 2012 #14
tclambert Dec 2012 #5
alfredo Dec 2012 #7
Cobalt-60 Dec 2012 #9
trailmonkee Dec 2012 #10
xocet Dec 2012 #11

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:36 AM

1. Oh good. We are going to contaiminate one of the few isolated environments on the planet.



Well - maybe there is a cure for cancer lurking about down there.

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Response to geckosfeet (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:30 AM

2. Yaaay for scientific illiteracy! n/t

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:11 PM

8. Yaaay for sense of humor.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:10 AM

3. Get it now

After the ice melts everything will be contaminated.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:13 AM

4. What could possibly go wrong? nt

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Response to Javaman (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:33 PM

6. Not a lot

The Russians had already reached Vostok some weeks back. It contained pure water only - no bacteria or other signs of life ever having been there.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:27 AM

12. and the drilling equipment was completely clean of any and all contaminates?

seriously doubtful.

A side note:
NASA clean rooms breed hardy bacteria
http://www.nature.com/news/2007/070903/full/news070903-5.html

The ultra-clean facilities used to assemble NASA's spacecraft are inhabited by some hardy bacteria, which could be hitchhiking their way to space.

Samples from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center, show the variety of bacteria that make it into the spaceship assembly areas despite the clean rooms used to build the craft in. The team found an eclectic selection of bacteria, including some that thrive in harsh environments with no food, at high temperatures or pH, or in high levels of chlorine.

more at link...

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Response to Javaman (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:36 AM

13. If the Russian equipment had been contaminated

then surely they would have found contaminants in the water. They didn't.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #13)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:07 PM

14. Not yet. nt

or should that be not nyet.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 06:35 PM

5. Premium Lake Ellsworth bottled water for sale in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:51 PM

7. So if things go as planned we should be seeing some of the findings. Cool

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:45 PM

9. Don't disturb the Old Ones!

A read through the reports of the Miskatonic Expedition is in order!

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Response to Cobalt-60 (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:14 AM

10. by the time they are finished drilling...

They will be surrounded by enormous penguins.

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Response to Cobalt-60 (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:46 AM

11. Poor Danforth!

"Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!"

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