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Russian Scientists in Antarctica battle Organism 46b, Antarctic Creature, Lake Vostok Octopus


New sea life found in Antarctica's 'lost world' deep under the Southern Ocean

Scientists have discovered what they call a lost world more than 2,000 metres below the surface in the Southern Ocean, near Antarctica.

Lakes Beneath Antarctic Ice: Deep Dark and Mysterious

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In 2006, Helen Amanda Fricker was sitting at her desk studying new satellite data when she made a starting discovery – a set of active lakes that exist underneath the ice in Antarctica. Join Helen, a 25-year veteran of Antarctic ice sheet research, and learn about the discovery, exploration and drilling of these mysterious phenomena at the southern reaches of our planet. Recorded on 01/14/2019. [3/2019] [Show ID: 34393]

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Scientists Make Surprising Discovery Deep Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet

A National Science Foundation-funded team of researchers has made a surprising discovery 2400 feet beneath the Ross Ice Shelf in, invertebrates living and thriving in the brutally cold and perpetually dark waters beneath the ice so far away from the open ocean. The team says the discovery opens new questions about the ability of life to thrive in extreme environments.

The Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling or WISSARD Team for the first time ever, drilled down to the “grounding zone”, 530 miles from the edge of the Ross Sea...where Antarctic ice, land and sea all converge. The team used a specially designed hot water drill to bore through a half mile of ice, working around the clock to collect sediment samples. While the borehole remained open, the team deployed a remotely operated vehicle or ROV called Deep SCINI into the hole. Developed at Northern Illinois University, the ROV was fitted with a number of oceanographic instruments, including a downward looking camera to record data.

The grounding zone is extremely important for the stability of the ice shelf and studying core samples from this remote area will provide scientists with clues about the mechanics of ice sheets, future changes in climate, and sea-level rise.

Discovering Life Under Antarctica’s Ice

Drew Lohrer is the principal investigator at Science Under the Ice, a project dedicated to studying the resilience of organisms under Antarctica’s frozen ocean. Along with his team of nine scientists, Lohrer dives deep to collect data on sea organisms and deploy incubation chambers along the seafloor. The team of scientists and technicians endure life in one of the most extreme places on Earth, all in the name of discovering the effects of climate change on our marine biodiversity.


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Russian scientists find ancient polar lake

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Scientists have been drilling through some of Antarctica's thickest ice for more than two decades as part of efforts to reach the core to examine air trapped there for millions of years.

Now, a team of Russian scientists are reported to have broken through the ice to discover a vast lake that has not seen light for more than 20 million years.

Al Jazeera's Tarek Bazley reports.

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Scientific Coup, Russians Reach Antarctic Lake

After more than two decades of drilling in Antarctica, Russian scientists have reached a gigantic freshwater lake hidden under miles of ice for some 20 million years. It may hold life from the distant past and clues to the search for life on other planets

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So a week or so ago Mark did a story about Javier Bardem making a plea for an underwater paradise. He joined a team at Greenpeace as the explored the waters of Antarctica. Well they first pictures have just been revealed and they look like there from another planet.

So the species that are in the images are very rare and can only be found in the most remote pristine places on the planet. Dr Susanne Lockhart, an Antarctic biologist who explored the seabed last month, found them.
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David Morrison on Lake Vostok

Dr. David Morrison discusses the implications of research possibilities at Lake Vostok, one of the largest subglacial lakes located over two miles beneath the ice in Antarctica. The lake has been covered by ice for about 25 million years. A team of Russian scientists recently reached the surface of the lake after nearly 20 years of drilling.

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An Australian expedition set out from Wilkes in 1962 to reach the evacuated Russian base of Vostok, the coldest place on earth. The trip remains one of Australia's most historic traverses, an epic journey of 3,000 kilometres!

When the Australians finally arrived at the Russian base, they discovered it had been evacuated in a hurry 12 months before.

Micro-sub Explores Buried Antarctic Lake

NASA/JPL researcher Alberto Behar joins an international Antarctic
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Scientists resume drilling mission in Antarctic

A team of British scientists is trying to restart a drilling mission through the Antarctic Ice Shelf to reach a prehistoric lake. It is hoped that it will reveal evidence of life that could be found elsewhere in the solar system. Drilling down deep into the earth through a lake, they are faced with small time windows before the borehole refreezes to an unusable size, ultimately sealing the lake off again. Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports.

Russian Bookie Offers $ for Clairvoyant Octopus

A Russian bookmaker has offered $130,000 for Paul the octopus, who rose from obscurity to fame during the World Cup as he correctly called the outcome of Germany's seven matches in the month-long soccer tournament in South Africa. (July 20)

Russian Scientists in Antarctica battle Organism 46b, Antarctic Creature, Lake Vostok Octopus

Scientists Discovered A Never-Before-Seen Octopus 'City' — And They Named It 'Octlantis'

A group of scientists discovered an underwater octopus city off the coast of Australia in Jervis Bay, and they've named it Octlantis. This discovery of octopuses interacting in a high-density den challenges scientists' previously held belief that octopuses are solitary and antisocial creatures.

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'Headlesss chicken monster' found in the depths of the Antarctic

A deep-sea swimming sea cucumber, Enypniastes eximia, has been filmed in the Southern Ocean waters off East Antarctica.

The creature, which has only been filmed before in the Gulf of Mexico, was discovered in 3 kilometres of water using an underwater camera system developed for commercial long-line fishing by the Australian Antarctic Division.

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Expedition to Antarctica Finds Signs of Life

An astonishing discovery is made by a research team including Brad Rosenheim, PhD, associate professor of geological oceanography in the USF College of Marine Science. He just returned from a six-week expedition to Antarctica where he lived in a tent under constant sunlight in a remote field camp roughly 500 miles from the South Pole.

The Deepest Dive in Antarctica Reveals a Sea Floor

55 lakes in Eastern Antarctica that shouldn’t exist

Eastern Antarctica is considered to be the coldest place on Earth. So cold, that scientists expected its ice shelves were frozen solid and more stable against climbing global temperatures than Western Antarctica or Greenland. But new research published in the widely-esteemed journal Nature Climate Change has proven otherwise. If you want to learn more, lead scientists Jan Lenaerts and Stef Lhermitte break down the science in this educational blog post.

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Russian Scientist Claims Team Battled Creature Under Antarctic Ice (4/13/2018)

A KILLER giant squid that can hypnotise its prey and paralyse humans at a distance of 150 feet using poisonous venom is being developed as a secret weapon by Vladimir Putin, a scientist has claimed.
Doctor Anton Padalka claims he was part of a Russian scientific expedition to a subterranean lake in the Arctic that discovered the terrifying creature - known as Organism 46-B.

He said their discovery at Lake Vostok was covered up by Russian officials who are now looking at ways to weaponise and breed the deadly squid - with potentially devastating effects.

Dr Padalka said the squid, which was discovered in a fresh water lake trapped beneath two miles of ice, possessed an array of weapons and was responsible for the deaths of at least two of his scientific colleagues on the expedition.
Giving details which sounded like the script of a B-movie horror film he said: “We encountered Organism 46-B on our first day. It disabled our radio - which we later learned, to our alarm, was intentional.

“It is also able to paralyse prey from a distance of up to 150 feet by releasing its venom into the water.

“Tragically my colleague and lifelong friend was killed this way. He tread water wearing a blissful smile as the organism approached him.
“We watched helplessly as it used its arms to tear off its head then popped its remains in its mouth. It was as if it had hypnotised him telepathically.”

The 33 foot-long man-eater also boasts extraordinary camouflage that helped it stalk the researchers - including shape-shifting.

Dr Padalka said: “The shapeshifting capabilities of organism 46-B sound almost diabolical. It shaped itself into the form of a human diver.
We thought it was one of my colleagues swimming towards us in scuba gear. By the time the closest scientist has realised what it was it had grabbed him and torn him to bits.”

He revealed the octopus could also use its tentacles to kill, even after they had been hacked off its body.
Dr Padalka claimed another of his colleagues were killed by a tentacle many hours after slicing it off with an axe.

He said: “Later that night it slithered across the ice bank and strangled her.”
After five days battling the animal, the remaining scientists finally trapped Organism 46-B in a tank. They brought it to the surface but were shocked when it was seized by Russian officials, who told the waiting international press nothing had been found.

Dr Padalka fled the country and raised the alarm this week after he claimed to have discovered Mr Putin’s plans to use the animal as a military weapon.
He warned these plans, and any possible plans to breed more of the creatures, could prove devastating.

He said: “Some species of octopus lay 200,000 eggs. Imagine if they were deposited in reservoirs and lakes across North America.”

Antarctic vent octopus

Communities of species previously unknown to science have been discovered on the seafloor near Antarctica, clustered in the hot, dark environment surrounding hydrothermal vents.

Working from the Royal Research Ship James Cook, scientists discovered new species of yeti crab, starfish, barnacles, sea anemones, and potentially an octopus.



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