Living Ice – a great time lapse video of an icebreaker traveling the Antarctic waters. What really captured me was just how many different faces the ice can have, both in appearance and quality. Even today, there are still many corners of our own planet where the heart of an explorer can find some solace …

The Nathaniel B. Palmer is an icebreaker operated by the US National Science Foundation. Cassandra Brooks, one of the 37 scientists the ship can accommodate for missions of up to 75 days and deep in the Antarctic winter, shot this timelapse video of the ship doing its stuff over a two month period while traveling through the Ross Sea.

The video is the latest in a series of posts in which Brooks blogs about her experiences studying marine protection in the Antarctic at National Geographic.