Since arriving at Catlin Ice Base, we’ve been walking on the ocean — the only thing separating us from the roughly 1,000 feet of freezing Arctic Ocean below is five feet of ice.
At these temperatures, a human being would survive about 5 minutes in the water; so it seemed rather counterintuitive that we spent the better part of 8 hours today drilling and chipping through the ice to reach the frigid water below.
To read more, visit Philippe’s blog on CNN International http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americas/03/22/arctic.expedition/index.html
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