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Franz Josef Land Expedition: Visions Above and Below the Icy Waves

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend. Follow his adventures throughout the month.

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Today, battling the ever-undulating surface waves, the team hugged the floating islands of ice and sampled the algae that calls them home and imparts upon them the luminous colors that make this place so other-worldly.

Team photographer Andrey Kamenev was there to catch the scene.

 

Showing the worlds above and below the water surface, Andrey documents the team filming the process of ice algae sampling. (Photo by Andrey Kamenev)

Showing the worlds above and below the water surface, Andrey documents the team filming the process of ice algae sampling. (Photo by Andrey Kamenev)

Much like the walruses in earlier posts, burdened by the insulated diving gear, the team, once graceful underwater, appears a bit more cumbersome back on the boat. (Photo by Andrey Kamenev)

Much like the walruses in earlier posts, burdened by the insulated diving gear, the team, graceful underwater, appears a bit more cumbersome on the boat. (Photo by Andrey Kamenev)

NEXT: Read All Franz Josef Land 2013 Blog Posts

 

The Pristine Seas: Franz Josef Land expedition is sponsored by Blancpain and Davidoff Cool Water.

 

Comments

  1. Vickie Eason
    Portland, Tennessee
    September 5, 2013, 3:41 pm

    Thank you so much for the unbelievable gorgeous pictures. Are there ny videos of the iceberg rolling? I’m so happy that you guys had the awesome experience of witnessing the beginning of the roll safely.

  2. Sallie Quammen
    Minnesota
    August 20, 2013, 8:41 pm

    Thanks for these gorgeous pictures and the all the vivid stories, and hi to my brother!