BBC Captures Video In Antarctica Of “Icy Finger Of Death” Forming, Killing Everything In Its Path

by • November 24, 2011 • Nature, VideoComments (0)4064

Is there anything better than the combo of David Attenborough‘s voice and the astonishing filmmaking of the BBC?  Seriously, is there?  I didn’t think so either.  In their latest mindblowing offering, a daring BBC camera crew traveled to the frigid waters of Antarctica and managed to capture the following incredible footage of an icy “brinicle” forming underwater.  The following is an excerpt from the network’s website: “With timelapse cameras, specialists recorded salt water being excluded from the sea ice and sinking.  The temperature of this sinking brine, which was well below 0C, caused the water to freeze in an icy sheath around it.  Where the so-called ‘brinicle’ met the sea bed, a web of ice formed that froze everything it touched, including sea urchins and starfish.  The unusual phenomenon was filmed for the first time by cameramen Hugh Miller and Doug Anderson for the BBC1 series ‘Frozen Planet‘.  The icy phenomenon is caused by cold, sinking brine, which is more dense than the rest of the sea water. It forms a brinicle as it contacts warmer water below the surface.”  To learn more be sure to visit BBC Nature, and for more terrific stories from this new series simply head over to BBC1’s Frozen Planet

Sources: Towleroad and The Huffington Post

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