Traveling through Antarctica’s Ross Sea
The gif above is taken from a lovely time-lapse video shot by UC Santa Cruz alum Cassandra Brooks, who was aboard a vessel traveling through Antarctica’s Ross Sea. Researchers on the expedition tracked the annual blooms of marine phytoplankton (the base of the food chain for fish, penguins, marine mammals and seabirds). Brooks explains:
The Ross Sea’s plankton bloom, a biological event so immense that it can be seen from space, is well documented in the height of summer when weather conditions are favorable. But no one knows what happens to all the organic carbon – the very source of life – as the continent slips towards the long night. We will be the first to trace the path of this massive flux of carbon through the water column as summer turns to fall and the waves, wind, and snow unleash their autumn fury.
Read more on her National Geographic blog →