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http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...0fQ_story.html

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\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tAfter drilling for two decades through more than two miles of antarctic ice, Russian scientists are on the verge of entering a vast, dark lake that hasnt been touched by light for more than 20 million years.
\t\t\t\t\t\tScientists are enormously excited about what life-forms might be found there but are equally worried about contaminating the lake with drilling fluids and bacteria, and the potentially explosive de-gassing of a body of water that has especially high concentrations of oxygen and nitrogen.
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Prepare yourself! Cthulhu shall rise from the depths to devour souls!

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I saw this movie, and if I were in it I would definitely be one of the extras.
 

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Some horrible disease or monster has mutated over the countless millenia it stayed sealed off from the rest of the world, with the sheet protecting all living things and allowing them to evolve into what they are today. Once those scientists break through the other end of the ice, all hell will break loose. Possibly quite literally.

And that is why the world is ending in 2012.
 

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I doubt light would cause them any harm, they would just have evolved to lose their eyes or their ability to process light so it won't have any effect on them at all. The contaminants mentioned in the article are much more of a worry.
 

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http://www.popsci.com/science/articl...en-lake-vostok

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The Russian scientists drilling into ancient buried Antarctic Lake Vostok have reached their destination, the Russian news agency Ria Novosti reported today. The team is apparently alive and well despite a week of suspicious radio silence, but more details are to come about what they've found buried under two miles of ice.
"Yesterday, our scientists stopped drilling at the depth of 3,768 meters and reached the surface of the sub-glacial lake," the source reportedly said in a story posted Monday, Feb. 6.
If true, this is a feat several decades in the making. Russian scientists have been attempting to drill into Antarctic ice since the 1970s, and they discovered Lake Vostok in 1996. In 1998, the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat, which protects the frozen continent, forced them to stop drilling until environmental concerns could be addressed. They started up again last winter (the austral summer) but had to cut and run just 30 meters from the lake source, as the Antarctic winter bore down. Last week we thought that might happen again - if anyone could even hail the scientists - because conditions are getting worse, but no one heard from the team in several days. Then on Monday, the Russian news agency announced the team's success.
Lake Vostok has been buried for 14 million years and contains high oxygen and nitrogen levels, which could cause the lake water to fizz like a shaken soda can when breached. But scientists want to reach it because it could hold weird forms of life that survive in deep cold and with no sun, which could have implications for alien life on Europa, Enceladus or other icy celestial bodies.
The lake has been breached, no disasters yet...
 

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And then they found a Shining Trapezohedron, and gazed into it longingly, and their souls became one with the terror of the universe, winding a new tale of horror and fright as their inner minds screamed out in pain and longing, for more, more of a look into the disturbing realm of the Other Gods...
 

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Could be that there's water flow in and out of this lake that we don't know about.

This lake may not be as isolated as we think.
I would find this to be the best thing... who knows what could be in it or what we could introduce. It could even be the zombie apocalypse "virus/bacteria/parasite" in there (just think of a brain-eating bug that doesn't realize it likes brains until it touches a human).
 
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