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Antarctica and its Volcanism and Vostok
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 865798:MV8xNzUyOTU4XzI5MTcxNTM3XzMxMTg4MUUz] [quote:RazorX 1378340:MV8xNzU4MjM1XzlENDdDRkYz] This week, a Russian team drilling into Lake Vostok in the center of the Antarctic continent is likely to break through the ice to water. It will be the first time that a subglacial lake has been breached. These modern-day explorers hope to discover whether Vostok, which at 5000 km 3 is the third largest lake on the planet, is teeming with hidden, cold-loving life that could have evolved separately from the rest of the world for hundreds of thousands of years. Microbiologist John Priscu of Montana State University in Bozeman, who was one of the original planners of the Vostok mission, has been getting regular updates from the Russian team. As of 13 January, they had reached a depth of 3737.5 meters, about 15 meters away from liquid water. With three teams drilling around the clock and making progress at an average of 2 meters per day, Priscu says they're on track to break through within the week. "This is an epic event. I really wish them luck," he says. "I wish I was out there with them." After drilling 3720 meters last February, time ran out for the team and the project was stymied just 29.5 meters from its destination as winter set in. Over the summer, they modified their drill bits and now the team is back at work with plenty of time to spare. They had left the large hole filled with antifreeze, so it was ready and waiting for them. It will remain open for years to come, Priscu says, potentially allowing other teams to sample the waters in the future. It's a nerve-wracking moment for the drillers, however. The lake water is under immense pressure, making it imperative that the team's calculations are correct. In the worst case scenario, Priscu says, "water could come up the hole and degas explosively, blowing out the whole borehole." http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/01/all-eyes-on-antarctic-drillers.html?ref=ra Obviously, this is uncharted territory, a first for mankind. sounds like many things could go wrong. I wish them all the best! This is incredible news! For 14 millian years it has been sealed under the ice. If life exists in Lake Vostok it will further the evidence that life can exist elsewhere in the cosmos, such as Jupiter's moon Europa and beyond. If the Russians stay on schedule, they should breach the lake by tomorrow! I can't wait to hear about their findings. RazorX [/quote] [/quote]
That Antarctica has multiple volcanic domes,
and the temperature and winds this past December have broken all previous records.
Things look as if they are heating up. It is NOT global warming that is melting the ice sheets...it is volcanic activity.
The Great Flood?
Two British researchers contend that a volcano violently erupted around 2,000 years ago and blew a large hole through the ice sheet in West Antarctic at around the year
207 B.C., and scientists confirm it was the largest volcanic eruption in Antarctica over the last 10,000 years
link to www.dailygalaxy.com
Some other scientific journals point to 325 BC.
Preliminary Report: Record Temperatures at South Pole (and nearby AWS sites…)
link to amrc.ssec.wisc.edu
South Pole’s Record Breaking Week…(Corrected!)
Posted on December 31, 2011 by mattl
Here’s more on South Pole Stations record breaking week of weather (Courtesy of South Pole Meteorology Office):
December 24th: The peak wind speed of 29 kts/33 mph broke the previous record of 28 kts/32 mph set in 1996.
December 24th: The temperature of -13.3°C/8.1°F broke the previous maximum temperature record of -15.7°C/3.7°F set in 1984.
December 25th: The temperature of -12.3°C/9.9°F broke the previous maximum temperature record of -17.2°C/1.0°F set in 1978.
December 25th: The temperature of -12.3°C/9.9°F broke the record for the all-time maximum temperature at South Pole. The previous record of -13.6°C/7.5°F was set on December 27, 1978.
December 30th: The peak wind speed of 25 kts/29 mph broke the previous record of 21 kts/24 mph set in 1989.
link to amrc.ssec.wisc.edu
Its warming up and getting windier.
And breaking all previous records.
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