Today, a monotony of existence extreme,
a blinding sameness that screamed by,
as a chaotic confused nightmare.
And so it went.
Blood-warm and already partially frost-bitten.
Beneath great drunken green waves.
we were truly unconscious.
Absolute dead dreamless sleep.
A long forgotten feeling, trails off, exhausted.
In all directions is a desolate and hostile, strangely disobedient
we had spent the day
cutting one another's hair.
(From Alfred Lansing's Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage)
In related news, Russian scientists successfully reached a subglacial lake beneath Antarctica today after drilling through 2 miles of solid ice for over a decade. The ancient fresh body of water is roughly the size of Lake Ontario and has been sealed off from light and air for somewhere between 15 to 34 million years.