"I can assure you that they are not lost or out of contact," he wrote in an email. "I never said the Russians were lost."
Originally posted by FibroKat
Thanks for posting this thread! I'm excited about following this! Hurry up with that drilling!! I'm ready to find out about the extremophiles! Can you imagine?edit on 2/3/12 by FibroKat because: added more
Originally posted by Aleister
reply to post by interupt42
I've seen the movie "The Thing" so I know just what to expect. When Jim Arness walks among us and the penguins again, don't say I didn't warn you.
En la actualidad, agregó Danilov. están perforando en distintos puntos de lo que se estima sería la costa del agua del lago Vostok, el mayor lago subglacial de la Antártica
Originally posted by ShadesofGrey78
I hope those scientists are ok. There could be literally anything under that ice.
The researchers will then return during the next Antarctic summer to remove the frozen water for analysis."
Now that drilling has reached the lake, enough of the kerosene that keeps the two and a half mile hole from freezing has been extracted for the water to naturally rise a bit up the hole. That water will then be left to freeze over the winter, and extracted when scientists return next season. This ice plug method will allow scientists to analyze Vostok's water without risking contaminating the lake.
The thermal drill head will be fitted with a camera. They are able to drill around four meters a day.
the lake has been breached, but the team are now checking the level of water in the borehole and readings from pressure sensors to confirm that the water did come from the lake and not a pocket of water in the ice above the lake. Ice temperatures rise as you go deeper into the ice sheet, and approach melting point just above the lake, so the fact that the team hit liquid water doesn't necessarily mean they've reached the lake.
"For the time being we are waiting for official confirmation," said the spokesperson. An announcement is expected within the next two days.