On February 5, 2012, scientists from the Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of St. Petersburg drilled through the final layer of ice in their quest to reach the surface of 14 million-year-old Lake Vostok. Lake Vostok was a subglacial lake located 13,000 feet below the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. In 2013, scientists desperate to find microbial life had erroneously declared finding new bacteria. Their findings were found to have come from their boring equipment lubricated with kerosene. Despite this setback, studies continued.
In January 2019, a hasty decision was made to send experimental drones through the four-mile-deep borehole, to record the surface of the lake. The first exploratory images from the drones revealed nothing, and scientists lost all three, by winter.
On March 2, 2020, pressure-stable drone technology became available to the Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute. It had allowed for full automated exploration of the lake, and its surroundings. The Russian team enlarged the hole and sent three submersible drones, equipped with advanced sonar technology, down to the lake’s northwestern shore.
On April 10, 2020, sonar readings ceased when the first of the drones encountered an unexplained interference, over a significant portion of the southeastern shore. Scientists studying the real-time data on the surface had surmised that the interference came from a blanket of energy emanating from the southwestern coast. On April 15, 2020, scientists lost contact with all three drones. The fourth drone deployed to explore the south shore had been unable to live-stream findings to the surface; the drone did have the capacity to withstand high levels of energy and radiation.
After three days, the drone returned after recording the shallows of eastern lagoon; it captured images of what appeared to be hundreds of pods beneath the surface. Efforts to deploy the drone for a second run were halted in May 2020, when the Russian Federation ordered all exploration of Vostok Base to cease, without explanation.
In March of 2021, Russian scientists returned to Vostok armed with privately funded drones created for Mars exploration. One of the pressure tolerant drones was deployed, and returned three days later, with footage revealing the existence of a large metallic structure on an island along the shore. The remains of previously destroyed drones lay in the slush of the lake shallows, along with six large, and elongated, pods.
After the announcement that meteor (7341) 1991 VK struck asteroid 433 Eros, in orbit around Mars, Russian scientists feared the debris might be affected by the Moon’s established orbital path. Preparing for the worst, the Russian government recalled all ambassador’s and state personnel. As the moon’s altered orbit began affecting Earth, Antarctica was rocked by rising tides, volcanic eruptions, and massive quakes. Unable to tolerate the poor air quality, the residents at Vostok Base, abandoned by the Russian government, retreated into their structures and hoped for a rescue.
On January 20, 2022, the Eros Impact occured, and Vostok Base lost all contact with other stations throughout the continent. On the last day of January, 2022, the Russians encountered what they believed to be alien life, until they realized that the youthful monsters had in fact emerged from the pods of Lake Vostok.
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