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Buried Lake Vostok Reached by Russian Research Team? Some Still Skeptical

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A team of Russian scientists have successfully reached a buried lake in Antarctica. The team drilled through more than two miles of ice to reach Lake Vostok, which hasn’t seen daylight in more than 14 million years.

Last week it was reported that the team had disappeared but several Russian sources reported today that the team has successfully drilled through the ice to reach the buried lake.

The newspaper Ria Novosti quoted an unnamed source saying:

“Yesterday, our scientists stopped drilling at the depth of 3,768 meters (12,362 feet) and reached the surface of the sub-glacial lake.”

Live Science reports that the news about the Russian team’s success may come from an unreliable source. Rio Novosti also claims that the Nazis built the lake in secret in the 1930s. Hitler and Eva Braun were reportedly brought their via submarine following Germany’s surrender at the end of World War II so that they could be cloned.

John Priscu, a University of Montana microbiologist and veteran Antarctic researcher, said:

“There are a lot of rumors going around about penetrating the lake, and we need the Russian program to make the official announcement. If they were successful, their efforts will transform the way we do science in Antarctica and provide us with an entirely new view of what exists under the vast Antarctic ice sheet.”

So far there has not been an official announcement about the discovery.

A British team and an American team of researchers are getting ready to embark on their own mission to uncover some of the buried lakes in Antarctica. If the Russian’s have not succeeded, it could be a close race to the buried lakes. The British will start drilling at Lake Ellsworth this Fall and the Americans will be drilling at Whillans Ice Stream at the start of next year.

Do you think the Russians have drilled through to Lake Vostok?

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7 Responses to “Buried Lake Vostok Reached by Russian Research Team? Some Still Skeptical”

  1. Anonymous

    Wow, an uninhabited lake that no one knows anything about and nobody can reach. Why would the Nazi go to such a remote place when they could have had a more accessible site that's also inconspicuous? I think the stories are just stories. You can't conquer the world from a hole in the ground.

  2. Anonymous

    Wow, an uninhabited lake that no one knows anything about and nobody can reach. Why would the Nazi go to such a remote place when they could have had a more accessible site that's also inconspicuous? I think the stories are just stories. You can't conquer the world from a hole in the ground.

  3. John Harston

    My Question is this; How do they know that there are freshwater lakes on the continent of Antarctica? It has always been my belief that the continent was just a huge deep solid chunk of ice. How in heck could Hitler and Eva could rule the world from 3 miles under Antarctica? I think is just a pipe dream someone has dreamed up, I do think the continent is worth exploring and there is a whole lot that I and a lot of people don't know about the place.There has been lots of expeditions led to the unknown place, some perished trying to get to the South Pole, and have labs, equipment, buildings, but I really couldn't say what the attraction would be to devoting all the effort, time, and money. I think it is just an accomplishment that I would not waste money on, but I am curious to find out what the TRUTH is!

  4. Carol Bright

    youtube graham hancock he has some interesting theories on the ice age and the antartica