Beat the Heat: Five Minutes on an Antarctica Icebreaker

Candice Gaukel Andrews July 23, 2013 6

Antarctica ice is the stuff of my dreams—especially now, as the summer heat is setting records where I live.

I didn’t need the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to jump-start my dreams of Antarctica ice. According to that agency in a recent report, global average temperatures in June 2013 were the fifth highest on record, and last month marked the 340th consecutive one—a span of more than 28 years—that global temperatures surged above the 20th-century average. I didn’t need NOAA to tell me that, because here in Wisconsin, things are hot. Wisconsin ranked second of all 50 states in heat records set in 2012, and 2013 is shaping up to be a contender. Last week alone, heat indexes in the southern part of the state reached the 100-degree mark or higher.

That could be why National Geographic blogger Cassandra Brooks’s time-lapse video of her days traveling through the Ross Sea on the National Science Foundation-chartered icebreaker, the Nathaniel B. Palmer, captivated me. In the video below, you’ll see two months of sequences she filmed condensed into less than five minutes.

If, like me, you need a respite from this summer’s heat, cool off by watching this short film; and let it kindle your own dreams of the White Continent.

While a trip to Antarctica isn’t in my foreseeable future, I am off to northern climes later this week. I’m traveling to Alaska, and I’ll be sure to let you know how it all turns out in two weeks!

In the meantime, here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,



  1. Paul Novy August 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Pretty cool. There is something about ice (icebergs) that is hard to describe. I caught an iceberg bug few years ago in Canadian Arctic and Greenland:

  2. Beverly Burmeier August 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Very interesting. I’m hoping for an Antarctic trip in early 2015.

  3. Wanda Krack, Photographer August 4, 2013 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Wonderful video. Thanks for posting!

  4. Capt (Retd) Prachi Gole, VSM August 4, 2013 at 11:56 am - Reply

    super cool … wish i could go on such adventure shoots…

  5. Fred Wellard August 1, 2013 at 6:10 am - Reply

    What an amazing experience that must have been. I hate being surrounded by heat all the time, to be surrounded by an ice filled ocean and air filled with snow would be a dream come true! Also to see the kind of wildlife is a whole other story. Again, an amazing trip! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Martine V. Clarke July 23, 2013 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    So exciting… I would have loved being on that trip!!!

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