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05/08/2013

Navigating through Antarctic ice. Watch this amazing time-lapse video

 

Here's an incredible time-lapse video of an icebreaker navigating through Antarctic ice.

The video is narrated by Cassandra Brooks, a doctoral student at Stanford University studying Antarctic Ocean policy.

Brooks condensed two months of footage of the Nathaniel B. Palmer icebreaker travelling through the Ross Sea in Antarctica into about five minutes for this stunning video. 

"Each day was a new stunning scene. The ice changing colour with the phases of the sun and seemingly growing thicker every day as the temperatures dropped and daylight decreased," Brooks told the Star.

Brooks and fellow research scientists were on the boat studying the Ross Sea ecosystem. The Ross Sea is "one of the last remaining stretches of ocean on Earth that has not been harmed by human activity," according to the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition.

She blogged about her experiences on the Nathaniel B. Palmer, a National Science Foundation research cruise for the National Geographic's Ocean Views blog.
You can read her blog posts here.

"I would run up the bridge almost every day, sometimes multiple times a day and attach my GoPro to the railing outside in front of the bridge with a Joby Gorillapod. I have to thank my husband, photographer and filmmaker John Weller for sending me to the ice with the right gear and encouraging me to capture the scenes," Brooks said.

 

(A quick thanks to @Jeffdelviscio for tweeting this video.)

Lorianna De Giorgio is the Star's foreign web editor. Follow her on Twitter: @ldegiorgio

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