posted on Mar, 4 2006 @ 07:11 PM
Came across this article on reuters,here are a couple of quotes then the link
MOSCOW, March 3 (Reuters) - Hidden about four km (2.5 miles) beneath the ice near the South Pole lies a lake that scientists believe represents a lost
world, harbouring organisms sealed off from the rest of the planet for millions of years.
Vostok has an added fascination for scientists because conditions there -- cold, with no light or air -- mirror those on Europa, one of Jupiter's
moons where space probes have found evidence of an ocean below the frozen surface.
If living organisms are found in the lake, it could strengthen the argument for the presence of life beyond our planet.
My question is this, the scientists seem to be concerned about contaminating this pristine enviroment, should we also be concerned that the
contamination may be reciprocal.Im not sure how this works ,im no scientist.Could there be microbes in this lake that could potentially cause unknown
Second question deals with the other part of the article re the similarities of the enviroment with that of europa.Should life(bacterial/microbial) be
discovered in this lake is it a given that life will be found in similar enviroments through out the solar system.
Hope this is the correct place to post this thread(mods please move if not).