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Not ‘going with the floe’

Readers of yesterday’s Polar Discovery dispatch will remember that we mentioned the large and unpredictable forces that make working in the Arctic so difficult. We mentioned having to “go with the floe.” Maybe we awakened a sleeping giant. A giant five nautical miles wide by four nautical miles long—in the form of a massive ice floe that sat directly over the area that scientists wanted to investigate. There was no getting around it, or through it. We had to stop with the floe and wait until it drifted slowly over and beyond our target area. It took all day.

Read on about our adventure in the slideshow below. Can't see the slideshow? Get the Flash plug in »

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