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Two months breaking Antarctic ice in under five minutes

May 7, 2013

During two months on the Ross Sea in Antarctica, Cassandra Brooks captured video and subsequently produced this remarkable time-lapse piece.

Two months breaking ice (in under five minutes)

In addition to conducting research during two months on the Ross Sea in Antarctica, PhD student Cassandra Brooks captured video and subsequently produced this remarkable time-lapse piece for National Geographic. To obtain the video, Brooks mounted a camera on the railing in front of the bridge of the National Science Foundation ice-cutting research vessel the Nathaniel B. Palmer. The camera withstood temperatures as low as -40F and winds as high as 60 knots (nearly 70 miles per hour). During the research voyage from early February through early April, Brooks posted photos, video and articles on on the National Geographic Ocean Views blog. She is a first year PhD student in Stanford's Emmett Interdisciplinary Program for the Environment and Resources.