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#1 KingCracker

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 23:13

U.S. scientists successfully drilled into Lake Whillans, a subglacial expanse of water hidden deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, they reported on Sunday (Jan. 27).
About a month ago, a similar British attempt to reach subglacial Lake Ellsworth had failed. Drilling operations for the WISSARD project (Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling), which is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs, started on Jan. 21.
Over the next couple of days, equipment will be lowered down the 2,625-foot (800-meter)-deep hole to carry out measurements and to obtain water samples for further study on board container-based scientific laboratories on the surface. As of Sunday (Jan. 27), theWISSARD team said they may have penetrated the lake surface.

Nice try Brits. :D
http://news.yahoo.co...-213418868.html


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Posted 27 January 2013 - 23:15

damn :/

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 23:20

Pay dirt? There is no dirt involved. They drilled a hole through the ice and reached the lake beneath. Not the lakebed.

damn :/


Why the sad face? Sounds like you didn't read the article. This is exciting news. Nobody knows what's down there.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 23:23

Nice try Brits. :D


too bad Antarctica (like the USA) was discovered by the Brits eh? :laugh:

Why the sad face? Sounds like you didn't read the article. This is exciting news. Nobody knows what's down there.


its just water - they drilled 800m into an underground lake.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 23:23

too bad Antarctica (like the USA) was discovered by the Brits eh? :laugh:

They may have discovered it but they didn't shaft it. :laugh:

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 23:24

Why the sad face? Sounds like you didn't read the article. This is exciting news. Nobody knows what's down there.


Ah sorry, no I'm glad it got drilled and they can now explore it, but you pesky Americans beat us Brits to it! :laugh:

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 23:24

Pay dirt? There is no dirt involved. They drilled a hole through the ice and reached the lake beneath. Not the lakebed.



Why the sad face? Sounds like you didn't read the article. This is exciting news. Nobody knows what's down there.


because he is a proud citizen of the british empire ;)

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 23:45

U.S. scientists successfully drilled into Lake Whillans, a subglacial expanse of water hidden deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, they reported on Sunday (Jan. 27).
About a month ago, a similar British attempt to reach subglacial Lake Ellsworth had failed. Drilling operations for the WISSARD project (Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling), which is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs, started on Jan. 21.
Over the next couple of days, equipment will be lowered down the 2,625-foot (800-meter)-deep hole to carry out measurements and to obtain water samples for further study on board container-based scientific laboratories on the surface. As of Sunday (Jan. 27), theWISSARD team said they may have penetrated the lake surface.

Nice try Brits. :D
http://news.yahoo.co...-213418868.html


The Russians beat everyone to it ;)

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-16907998

#9 RichardK

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 00:05

I wish they would leave things alone, why do they have to contaminate everything?

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 00:06

The Russians beat everyone to it ;)

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-16907998


:rofl: lmao. Take that you western nationalist pigs!!!

Sorry, but I did choke on my coffee when I read that line. :)

#11 The Laughing Man

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 00:08

I wish they would leave things alone, why do they have to contaminate everything?

18th Century called, they want its preacher back.

#12 Growled

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 00:43

The title is very ironic. Love it. And congrats to the team, of course.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 15:40

Could go for future research plans to send a drilling probe to Titan / Europa.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 00:38

The sad thing is, they will now find a way to pollute the lake. :/

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 00:59

Hmmm, wonder what they unearthed. This is how things like zombies start.