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The Ice Gets Interesting

We were getting ready for another ice station. The patch of ice, the briefing at 9:30 in the helicopter hangar – we know the routine. Four science teams were planning to go on the ice, and we the media team planned to hang out with the folks who were putting sediment traps under the ice.

But then: snap! crackle! pop! OK, I don’t know that it actually made a sound, but the piece of ice we were planning to work on broke. Three Coast Guard crewmembers were standing on the ice near the bottom of the ramp, when suddenly “It went from a little crack way over there to spilling water here in a minute and a half,” said John Rose, the ship’s boatswain, who was standing on the deck at the time.

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

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