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Two Months Of Breaking Ice

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Scientist and writer Cassandra Brooks is posted up on a research vessel in the Ross Sea near Antarctica, taking samples of sea water in conditions that can drop to -60º F. For the last two months, the Nathaniel B. Palmer has been crunching along with a hull that can smash through ice 10 feet thick, while Brooks has been shooting a time lapse. The result is mesmerizing — a reminder that no matter how much you think the world has shrunk, it’s still big, wild, and cold out there.
~ via Adventure Journal
“[The Nathaniel B. Palmer]… is a United States National Science Foundation Ice Breaker… made in Louisiana and has some cute quirks. One of them is a flag on the front with a picture of a raccoon pointing. The flag allows us to see which way the wind is coming from relative to the movement of the boat” ~ Cassandra Brooks