For the first time in history, researchers have filmed nature’s “Ice Finger Of Death” in the Antarctic. The Ice Finger of death’s technical term is Brinicle (Brine Icicle).
Cameramen Hugh Miller and Doug Anderson were able to use a time-lapse camera to show us the event beneath the Antarctic ice shelf . The full video will be available to watch on the Discovery Channel’s newest show “Frozen Planet”
Frozen Planet producer Kathryn Jeffs, who was in Antarctica with the team to witness the filming, told FoxNews.com.
“We were just blown away by how beautiful they were. We were exceptionally excited and we knew we had something that had never been filmed before, never been seen before. No one has really seen the formation of a brinicle. It was pretty emotional when we saw that we got it.”
This magnificent yet terrifying phenomenon is caused by brine, or naturally occurring salt water, which tends to be denser than the surrounding seawater and has a lower freezing point. When super cold brine trickles down, the warmer seawater surrounds the cyclone with a brittle layer of ice.
The team encountered multiple challenges in their attempt to find and film a Brinicle. They had to deal with ridiculous weather conditions and even seal attacks.
“Because there have been so few studies on the brinicles, it’s really, really difficult to tell when and exactly how they are going to form. hey do have a tendency to form when the ice is being disrupted, or in extremely cold conditions — which disrupt the inner channels and sets in motion the flow of brine.”
Following this hunch, Jeffs and her crew ventured out to the foothills of Mount Erebus, a remote volcano in Antarctica, where the team dealt with subzero temperatures and incredibly harsh conditions.
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