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Deepest Dive Ever Under Antarctica
Reveals a Shockingly Vibrant World

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Posted By: DVC, 6/30/2020 3:25:32 PM

In the morning, when we arrive on foot from Dumont d’Urville, the French scientific base on the Adélie Coast of East Antarctica, we have to break up a thin layer of ice that has formed over the hole we drilled the day before. The hole goes right through the 10-foot-thick ice floe. It’s just wide enough for a man, and below it lies the sea. We’ve never tried to dive through such a small opening. I go first. Pushing and pulling with hands, knees, heels, and the tips of my swim fins, I shimmy through the hole. As I plunge at last into the icy water


Get away from the insane folks, read about and see amazing places under the Antarctic ice.
As a reef diver and cave diver since 8th grade when I bought my first SCUBA gear, I appreciate this report very much. But, in the same way that I am a mountaineer who has done high rock faces and glaciers, I can read about this expedition and understand it clearly, but like reading about expeditions to Mt. Everest, I know that my experiences let me understand it better than those who have done none of it , but I am far below their level of skills, specialized equipment and commitment to either extreme versions of sports where I take the relatively tamer versions.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Pearson365 6/30/2020 3:45:45 PM (No. 462153)
Article with great photos appears to be from July 2017 issue. Which must mean that in 3 years all of the enormous ice shown has melted and the emperor penguins are receiving sun block from Greta Thunberg as they lounge on beaches of McMurdo Sound. We’ll soon be invited to a Club Med resort at the South Pole for golf, tennis and margaritas. Subcontinent now in another winter, with darkness, severe cold, snow and non stop winds.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: 49 Ford 6/30/2020 3:47:37 PM (No. 462154)
Subscribers Only.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: DVC 6/30/2020 3:52:23 PM (No. 462159)
I am not a subscriber and the link works perfectly for me.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: konocti95 6/30/2020 4:24:45 PM (No. 462189)
Amazing Pictures! There are 7+ billion souls on the Earth, but almost all of them were not there. One can still find solitude and beauty.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mass Minority 6/30/2020 4:30:26 PM (No. 462196)
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hugh Akston 6/30/2020 4:49:02 PM (No. 462219)
Nice break from politics - but they had to get this in - At 230 feet, the limit of our dives, the diversity is greatest. We see gorgonian sea fans, shellfish, soft corals, sponges, small fishes—the colors and exuberance are reminiscent of tropical coral reefs. The fixed invertebrates in particular are enormous. Well adapted to a stable environment, these plantlike animals grow slowly but, it appears, without limit—unless something disturbs them. How, we can’t help wondering, will they respond as climate change warms their world? What paywall? I had no problem.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: SkyTexas 6/30/2020 5:31:16 PM (No. 462251)
Paywall !
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Reply 8 - Posted by: DVC 6/30/2020 6:09:38 PM (No. 462284)
At least some of us have no issues with the link, some folks must need to clean out their cookies. I suspect, but don't know, that NatGeo lets you read a certain number of articles for free, but tracks you with cookies. When you come back one too many times (whatever they set that at) they block you. Dump any cookies associated with national geographic and you should be OK. I assume the folks finding a pay wall have been to NatGeo site before. I have not since I let my 40 year subscription expire when they went nutso as a major propaganda outlet for MMGW.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Submariner 6/30/2020 6:09:53 PM (No. 462285)
Can't access without subscribing. NatGeo has been on the climate change bandwagon from early on. The independent photographers produce stunning work, though.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: padiva 6/30/2020 8:10:56 PM (No. 462383)
More mysteries of the Earth....compliments of the Creator
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Reply 11 - Posted by: JimBob 6/30/2020 9:03:21 PM (No. 462418)
Hugh (#6) I noticed the same thing. National Geo must have an editorial rule to work some "Man is Evil, Man is Destroying the Planet" propaganda into EVERY article. That's why I refuse to subscribe, and also why I canceled my subscription to Science News, many years ago. Just got TIRED of the CONSTANT PROPAGANDA.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: DVC 7/1/2020 11:14:13 AM (No. 463109)
#11, I sometimes read the "from the editor" in the front of magazines, and happened to read it in my subscription copy of NatGeo about 15 years ago, not sure of the exact year. In any case, it was written by the new editor of the magazine, introducing his new policy. The new magazine policy would be that MMGW is a scientific fact, and convincing everyone of that, and getting the world to change because of it was a primary goal of NatGeo magazine going forward. I sent them a letter asking to cancel my subscription which I had started when in high school in the middle 1960s, and refund the remaining money. I really hated that this new editor was destroying one of my favorite magazines. But, their policy is to push MMGW as fact, and include a push in every article. Some articles are commissioned entirely for that effect.
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