posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 01:16 AM
This is one of the most exciting things happening on Earth right now, in my personal opinion. They estimate Lake Vostok is temperate, enormous and
with a large and equally temperate air pocket above it. Further, they have estimates running out into the millions of years this environment may have
been 100% totally isolated.
So...We may find things down there that evolved separate from even animals we think of as Dinosaurs. It's hard to say... There is something else they
may find though, and it's why they've slowed WAYYY down about what they're doing.
They HAVE discovered proof of life, as I understand the reading. The very limited sampling of the air and environment indicates the markers for
biological processes happening down there...so it isn't just a dead pocket like a crevasse or ice cavern would be. That brings contamination concerns
in BOTH directions.
Not only could we pull a small pox blanket type screw up by just dropping a piece of equipment someone with a case of the common cold handled....but
likewise, a blast from the past in airflow could carry with it a truly ancient or even never seen virus that could be lethal to us.
I can't blame the caution..and it's as good a place as any to work on getting it right. There are moons in our own Solar System that cry out for a
close look under Icy surfaces....so what is learned here could matter SO much more in those other more distant places.