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  • baroski@comcast.net
    The lake was discovered and named by Russian geographer Andrey Kapitsa based on seismic soundings made during the Soviet Antarctic Expeditions in 1959 and 1964
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      The lake was discovered and named by Russian geographer Andrey Kapitsa based on seismic soundings made during the Soviet Antarctic Expeditions in 1959 and 1964 to measure the thickness of the ice sheet. This was one of the last major geographic discoveries on Earth. - Wikipedia

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      Subject: [infoguys-list] I'm curious - off topic








      My curiosity is killing me and I'm hopeful someone might have a clue. I
      just read an article whereby Russian scientists have been drilling for longer
      than 2 decades to reach a freshwater lake, Lake Vostok, in Antarctica.
      They allege that the lake has not been touched by light in millions of years
      and therefore it contains at least 50 times as much oxygen as most
      freshwater lakes. They have taken samples to be tested for life forms as they
      believe the water is similar to the makeup of the water on one of Jupiter's
      moons as well as Saturn's moon. The lake is supposed to be similar in size to
      Lake Ontario.

      They also talk about how significant this fete is since the surface
      conditions above the lake are frightful. The recorded lowest temperature known
      to man was recorded there at 128 deg below zero (Fahrenheit). That's almost
      twice as cold as the temperature outside a jet at a cruising altitude of
      35,000 ft.

      I have one question to ask. If the lake has been covered with miles of
      glacier at apparently the coldest spot on earth for millions of years and it
      covers about the same amount of earth as Lake Ontario, how'd they even know
      it was there?

      _ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/08/lake-vostok-antarctic-russian-scie
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      Sue

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