The ultimate "polar bar swim" could be in play for a Russian drill bit is about to make contact with a submerged Antarctic lake shut off from mankind and the rest of the planet for the past 14-million years.
The Russians are only going to sample the water therein ; (The lake is in a fluid state right now).
This is not oil we are talking about but rather kick-ass water that has hyper-oxygenated content. The Antarctic is the driest place on earth. Maybe the place could use a few plants? Maybe we genetically engineer a few that can survive a winter, grow, and swallow up some of the carbon dioxide if or when the planet heats up and could use a massively large forest to cool us off.
Oh, and then we add some wholly mammoths too, along with some dire wolves. We lose the saber tooth tigers they were a bunch of pricks and they all viewed us as cat food anyway! We will make the place Los Angeles circa 10,000 years ago!
Call it "earth hacking" - From New Scientist:
From New Scientist:
Lake Vostok, which has been sealed off from the world for 14 million years, is about to be penetrated by a Russian drill bit.The lake, which lies four kilometres below the icy surface of Antarctica, is unique in that it's been completely isolated from the other 150 subglacial lakes on the continent for such a long time. It's also oligotropic, meaning that it's supersaturated with oxygen -- levels of the element are 50 times higher than those found in most typical freshwater lakes.[Link]