Friday, March 2, 2012

Somewhere there is nowhere

I was saddened to read that Russian scientists have finally succeeded in breaching the ice sheet that protects Lake Vostok in Antarctica. The Russians have been drilling for 20 years, trying to reach the surface of the ancient lake, which has been frozen for 15 million years. I wish they would leave it alone for another 15 million years. I like to think of those dark waters, locked beneath the ice, cold and unknowable. Surely somewhere on the planet there should be a place untouched by human hands or even a breath of wind; a place as quiet as the moon.
(Photograph by Rolfe Horne)

7 comments:

The Querulous Squirrel said...

It's true. It's like another planet within a planet. It could be just as likely to harbor other life forms, as likely benign or magical as dangerous. Like human drillers.

farmlady said...

I agree. Somethings and places should be left alone. Man doesn't seem to be able to do this.

Life in the Philippines said...

Very nicely stated. I love the way you used this event to envelope your thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I like thinking that there is a place on earth untouched by human, i think it's like earth's private space. Everyone needs their own private thinking space, Including the earth.

Tai said...

Anonymous, that's it exactly: the Earth should be entitled to her secrets and her mysteries. Everyone needs privacy, even a planet.

Thank you for that lovely comment, Life in the Philippines. Now I am curious to know just what life in the Philippines is like....

Farmlady, such curious monkeys we are, that we can't keep our hands to ourselves.

QS: There may well be life in the lake, and it may resemble life on Mars. But the Russians have a nasty habit of pouring kerosene and antifreeze into the bore hole to keep it from freezing, which may contaminate the lake, which may...you get the drift.

The Querulous Squirrel said...

Kerosene and antifreeze into a fragile ecosystem? It's so ironic. They are killing it to explore it. What they find will not be the lake that was there. How horrible.

Chris said...

I know, it's incredibly sad to even think about what they are doing...is nothing sacred anymore..."a place as quiet as the moon"...we have not even left that alone. :(
Like the song...Call it Paradise, then kiss it good-bye...