This one tells a little different story> http://news.msn.com/science-technology/russian-scientists-may-have-found-new-life-under-antarctic-ice
Well at last the Russians have broken through to Lake Vostok. Sad, but true. God help us...
See here at io9.com Particularly interesting are the comments written underneath as follows
Uh, maybe that's what they're saying they did now. I however paid close attention at the time. There were articles here about it so I don't know why nobody's mentioning it. Here's what happened: Lake Vostok has been indicated to sit atop a major source of natural resources and there's a magnetic anomaly in it. Nobody knows how the lake formed. The plan was to infill through the drill hole with kerosene, which would float on the lake surface and prevent air contamination. There were worries that the lake may have become pressurised and breaching it may cause an explosion at the surface. The Russians pissed off a lot of people by going ahead with the drill, by doing it first, doing it this way and doing it where they did. This sample like all the others they obtain through this borehole will be contaminated with kerosene, drilling fluid and the bacteria within it (there are some that do).
The Russian team broke contact for no less than a period of 3 days and possibly over a week directly after letting it be known they were nearing the 2km. Protocol, which they followed up to that point, was contact on a very regular basis.The week previous to the drilling beginning a high ranked US general and former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who was manoeuvred into a seemingly dead end post as head of the US Antarctic Program supply mission flew out out to the Antarctic, something the head of the program hadn't done personally in decades.
After strong media interest leading up to the drilling and for days after, wondering what had happened to the team, interest dropped to zero directly after; about a week and a half later the Russian government itself revealed contact had been re-established and that Vladimir Putin was a supporter of the project and personally concerned over its success and the welfare of the team - an odd detail to slip in.
Since then many pictures of smiling scientists on the ice have appeared, along with many details of the operation, both strangely absent before or during it. Within the last year there has been media coverage of the issue of Antarctic ownership again, something of no concern for many decades. In my opinion there is more to this than smiling scientists doing science. I believe at the very least it's a move in an international land dispute over resources.
and also an article by
As we all know, there is a lot more in Antarctica than we are being told and the world governments know it too. Watch this space...