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Originally posted by Jace26
Firstly, dinosaurs and or mesozoic sea life could not survive under 2 miles of rock and ice. These animals lived during an extremely warm period of earths long history, meaning that without sunlight the dinosaurs could not survive and without warm, tropical seas the sea life could not survive. It would be easier to look for them at the equator not the coldest continent.
Also, you state dinosaur fossils have been found in Antartica, but also realise that Antartica was not at the current polar circle that it is today. In fact, 200 million years ago, Victoria in Australia was at the Antartic circle.
Secondly, you do realise there is a southern hemisphere and that it has different seasons than the north. December is the easiest time to explore Antartica since that is the height of summer in the southern hemisphere.
Originally posted by Essan
reply to post by bwcawaterbear
The Piri Re'is map shows South America. 10,000 years ago Antarctica had more extensive ice cover than it does today. And the ice sheets have been there for around 40 million years.
Oh, and there's no massive circular metallic anomaly under Vostok.
Or is there?
(warning: not all sci-fi stories are real. )
Oh, btw, magnetic variations across Vostok do however indicate the presence of a proterozoic tectonic boundary. Quite interesting if you're a geologist specialising in that area, but not of much interest to anyone else.
If you look at the magnetic anomaly chart (top right in link below) you can see the feature quite well. And it's clearly linear, not circular!
Originally posted by Aleister
To breach into the lakes would also mean that they will contaminate what they intend to study. So study fast, because soon the sites will be changed forever. First one to skinny-dip in one is the winner.
Just 96 feet short of their goal, scientists had to put their tools away and wait out the rapidly approaching Antarctic winter. But they don’t want to lose the progress they’ve made so far, so they’re pouring kerosene down the borehole to keep it from freezing.
“If Russia continues to drill the lubricants and anti-freeze present in their borehole may taint the microorganisms they are trying to discover,” the coalition argues on its website.