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Breaking the Ice in Antarctica, a Stunning Time-Lapse: VIDEO


What's it like to spend two months on an icebreaker in Antarctica? Find out in a stunning, poetic five-minute time-lapse.


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  1. What self-congratulatory drivel. Interesting to look at, but I'm not convinced that the ice there needs to be broken at all. It's pristine wilderness despoiled by diesel fumes and probably dumping of waste- for what? I

    'm a scientist and not at all interested in what their expensive and risky water sampling reveals.

    Posted by: Rob | May 4, 2013 9:40:13 PM

  2. Have to say, although I have absolutely no education as an oceanographic researcher, that it struck me as problematic when the narrator spoke of so many forms of life that thrive in the breaks between ice masses, the same breaks through which this several ton vessel was navigating with powerful underwater propellers. Knowing the plight of Florida's manatees to the injuries of small craft propellers, it seems likely to me that, in the very least, tons of sea life are mangled in the enormous propellers that an ice-breaker needs to project enough thrust at an ice flow to break through its many feet thick mantle of water turned to stone.

    Posted by: Tom Cardellino | May 4, 2013 10:58:27 PM

  3. you people are exhaustive (rob and tom)

    Posted by: Reality | May 4, 2013 11:26:57 PM

  4. Yeah, you know "Reality," it really tries the limits of one's brain and soul to have compassion for pristine areas of the planet and the (more & more "former") abundance of non-human life that dwells there. You must really be pissed at having to merely recycle. Much comfort to you and your overtaxed self for the exhaustion you suffer because you have a minimum of empathy for those life forms not you, poor guy!

    Posted by: Tom Cardellino | May 4, 2013 11:38:53 PM

  5. I'm with reality on this one. The far left wing nuts have shown PETA nuts who probably litter and don't recycle at home. Just as bad as right wingers who hate gays, but have had affairs and eat shellfish, lol.

    Posted by: QJ201 | May 5, 2013 7:45:39 AM

  6. I'm staying on the sidelines of this argument, but I agree that she could have done a much better job of explaining why they're breaking up ice and the purpose it serves for wildlife and water sampling.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 5, 2013 8:55:31 AM

  7. Jesus, it looks cold as a witch's tit.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 5, 2013 9:19:58 AM

  8. Duh... they are looking for Oil!!!

    Posted by: Bornnaked | May 5, 2013 10:20:38 AM

  9. Get out of Antartica

    Posted by: MArk | May 5, 2013 10:35:34 AM

  10. I would just would like to be around all those men for a month at sea...........

    Posted by: steve | May 5, 2013 12:09:54 PM

  11. this vid shows --for those who can or are willing to see it-- a gargantuan irony hidden in plain sight.

    Posted by: unokhan | May 5, 2013 12:18:56 PM

  12. Even an interesting nature study video like this can get many of the Towleroad gays to fighting. If they ever do a remake of that horrible movie "Boys In The Band", Towelroad is the place they should post their casting call.

    Posted by: andrew | May 5, 2013 6:48:29 PM

  13. We are people, we explore stuff and go on adventures..let your bitchy criticism take a day or two off and just let this be what it is...interesting to some of us.

    Posted by: John | May 6, 2013 12:11:27 AM

  14. Had I merely wanted to be "bitchy" I could have easily pointed out so-called "Reality's" ignorance of the English language, by which he actually complimented my and another's comments. "Exhaustive" means that we exhausted all thought on the subject. What the dolt meant to say was "exhausting" because we criticized his momentary eye-candy causing him to close his dropped jaw, lick back the drool, breathe once again through his primate nose and activate the intellectually minute powers of his easily titillated brain. We humans, yes even those minimally qualified to be labeled such, had better start treating the still pristine uninhabited-by-humans mere remainders of this life giving planet with ultimate respect and careful stewardship before our meddling brings about worldwide ecological collapse.

    Posted by: Tom Cardellino | May 7, 2013 1:49:32 AM

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