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Under Antarctic Ice
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The Arrival Heights site features a steep slope of volcanic rock tumbling down to 90 feet. Along this slope, hundreds of sea anemones (Urticinopsis antarctica and Isotealia antarctica) grow, eat, fight, and mate. Because of the thick snow cover at Arrival Heights, it was extremely dark. This photograph was taken with a shutter speed of 4 seconds; Dr. Dale Stokes, the diver, is performing a superhuman feat of endurance by hovering motionless throughout the long exposure. Behind him stretches a crack in the sea ice.

--Norbert Wu