Beneath Antarctica’s frozen seas lies one of Earth’s most stable and vibrant ecosystems — and one of its most enchanting realms. Visit a fantastic world hidden “Under Antarctic Ice.”
On the surface, it’s the bleakest of lands, with ferocious winds, flightless birds, and enough ice to flood half the planet’s population if it were to melt. But below that frozen mass, a fantastic environment of indescribable beauty teems with life. NATURE takes viewers into the world that is “Under Antarctic Ice.”
This beautiful film was shot in high definition format over a period of two years by renowned underwater photographer Norbert Wu, who has been exploring the waters beneath the Antarctic ice cap for some time.
To prepare for this adventurous exploration, Wu and two oceanographic researchers set up base at the famed frontier outpost of McMurdo Station, within sight of volcanic Mount Erebus. From there, with the help of a dive coordinator at McMurdo, they carefully searched for places where the ice was thin enough to dig access holes and where the environment below was suitable and reasonably safe for a descent. Throughout the film, Wu and his companions find ingenious ways to bring us a world that only a small fraction of humanity will ever witness firsthand.
Online content for Under Antarctic Ice was originally posted Summer of 2002.
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About the Writer
David Malakoff is a journalist covering research discoveries and the politics of science for SCIENCE MAGAZINE in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including THE ECONOMIST, THE WASHINGTON POST, and ABCNews.com.
Thirteen Online is a production of Thirteen/WNET New York's Kravis Multimedia Education Center in New York City. Anthony Chapman, Director of Interactive & Broadband. Bob Adleman, Business Manager. Carmen DiRienzo, Vice President and Managing Director, Corporate Affairs.
Producer and Director of Photography
PATRICK GAMBUTI, Jr.
MICHAEL PARFIT and NORBERT WU
Music Composed and Produced by
ROBERT "BEEZ" BOHNER
DOUGLAS "DUG" COONS
Stock Footage Provided by
RANDALL DAVIS, TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, GALVESTON, TEXAS
PATRICK GAMBUTI, JR.
MICHAEL H. BEER
Assistant On-Line Editor
Production Facilities provided by Thirteen/WNET New York:
Director of Engineering
Associate Director of Engineering
Director of Post Production
Assistant Chief Engineer
Logistical support for this project was provided by
United States Antarctic Program,
National Science Foundation
Post Production Producers
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
Special Thanks To:
Underwater Camera Housings Supplied by Pace Technologies
Kenn Borek Air Ltd.
Petroleum Helicopters, Inc.
Raytheon Polar Services
U.S. Air Force, Air Mobility Command (AMC)
109th Tactical Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard
U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Detachments 146 and 149, Polar Operations
Dr. Samuel Bowser
Bob and Cathy Cranston
Dr. Art DeVries
Howard and Michele Hall
Dr. Paul J. Ponganis
Dr. James and Mei Wu
Backscatter Photo and Video
Canon USA, Inc.
Dive Discovery Travel
Diver's Alert Network
Diving Unlimited International, Inc.
Ikelite Underwater Systems
Light & Motion
Lowepro USA Inc.
Pelican Products, Inc.
Executive In Charge
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