Alt News May 13, 2013
Cool Time Lapse Video On Board An Icebreaker In Antarctica

This video is courtesy of Marine scientist and science writer Cassandra Brooks, from her time on an icebreaker travelling through the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

Brooks spent two months on the ship, which is called the 'Nathaniel B. Palmer' and operated by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

But she managed to document the entire journey in this five-minute time-lapse entitled 'Two Months Breaking Ice (In Under Five Minutes)'.

In a piece for National Geographic, Cassandra described some of the journey writing...

"We've sampled more than 100 different locations in the Ross Sea and my hands are cracked, chapped, and leather-like from long days working with the cold and salty water. The temperatures outside have dipped below zero degrees, dropping to -60°F with the wind chill, and the sea continues to ice over. Some of our equipment is beginning to freeze.

We have a state-of-the-art laboratory and field set up at our disposal (despite our gear freezing from time to time). Further, we are outfitted by the National Science Foundation with extreme cold weather gear that keeps us warm even if we have to work outside in the -60°F. And in reality, many of us never have to leave the warmth of the ship."

The trip was part of an effort to protect the Ross Sea. You can find out more by visiting and

And Cassandra has another National Georgraphic piece worth reading about when they encountered emperor penguins.

via National Geographic

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