Flipped Iceberg

February 12th, 2015

Alex Cornell, on shooting pictures of an inverted iceberg:

Of all the things I've made in my life, I would *not* have expected a photo of ice in water to end up being covered so widely.

I have to admit that I was half-hoping that the iceberg being inverted would mean that the whole nine-tenths-of-an-iceberg-is-underwater principle would also be inverted, so that the picture would reveal an immense inverted pyramid of ice sticking out of the water and towering over the photographer, with just a relatively tiny chunk of ice being below the waterline. Physics doesn't seem to work that way, sadly. Even so, the pictures Cornell shot are still pretty damn spectacular and definitely well worth a look.

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IDS would approve

May 5th, 2014

Best. British. Job Ad. Ever!

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Ice breaking (with added penguins)

May 6th, 2013

Another time-lapse sequence, this time of the US National Science Foundation's icebreaker the Nathaniel B. Palmer, traveling through the Ross Sea in Antarctica. Pink ice. Blue ice. Penguins. What more could you ask for?

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"The fact that the Kiwis have to practice now shows how far we’ve come."

March 24th, 2010

Rugby on Ice:

At the foot of an active volcano 900 miles from the South Pole, Tom Leard leads a fearless band of men and women over a battlefield of frozen sea, beneath a relentless sun. Ash billows out from the peak behind them as they approach their enemies, who stand staggered across the barren stretch of ice, clad in black from head to toe.

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Here, on a January day in Antarctica's frozen McMurdo Sound, Leard and company have come for the latest installment of a decades-long tradition: A rugby match, played between the American and New Zealand research bases, on a field of sea ice 10 feet thick.

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Today's match is the 26th in the series – which New Zealand leads, 25-0. Zero is also the number of 'tries' – rugby's equivalent of touchdowns – the Americans have scored in the history of the rivalry, which is the southernmost rugby game in the world. […]

And yes, the post does include a photo of the 'Ice Blacks' doing the haka

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Blood Falls, Antarctica

March 17th, 2010

A creepy-looking blood-red waterfall in Antarctica.

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Scenes from Antarctica

November 11th, 2008

The Big Picture does Antarctica.

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