Meanwhile, in Antarctica

A team of Russian scientists from Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) has been drilling into two miles of Antarctic ice for 20 years to reach a buried, ancient Antarctic lake. They were to reach the surface of that lake any day. But they’ve been out of contact with American colleagues for five days now.

GlobalPost | Fears held for Russian scientists exploring “alien” Antarctic lake, Vostok  

Russian scientists preparing to explore the “most alien lake on Earth,” Lake Vostok, have reportedly not been in touch with American colleagues in over five days.

[...] Meanwhile, Dr. John Priscu, professor of Ecology at Montana State University, told FoxNews.com via email that he had no way to contact the team and the already cold weather was set to plunge, as Antarctica’s summer season was ending.

“Temps are dropping below [minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit] and they have only a week or so left before they have to winterize the station,” he told Fox. “I can only imagine what things must be like at Vostok Station this week.”

Daily Mail | Riddle of the Russian scientists drilling into ‘alien’ Antarctic lake buried under ice for 20 million years who have been out of radio contact for five days:

A team of Russian scientists has mysteriously lost contact with colleagues in the U.S. as they drill into a lake buried beneath the Antarctic ice for 20 million years.

The scientists had been battling conditions of minus 66C at Lake Vostok, as they raced to drill into a lake buried two miles beneath the ice before the weather closed in. The scientists hope the lake’s untouched water will reveal more about life on our planet 20 million years ago.

The lake, in the most inhospitable region of the planet, is kept liquid by geothermal heat under the ice and its conditions are often described as ‘alien’ because they are thought to be akin to the subterranean lakes on Jupiter’s moon Europa.

Base of operations: The Russians are operating out of the Vostok Station, pictured here, which opened in December 1957
Base of operations: The Russians are operating out of the Vostok Station, pictured here, which opened in December 1957

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