Ice diving

Ice diving

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Credit: LOUISE MURRAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ice diving. A diver emerges through a man-made crack on the surface of frozen Arctic water. Ice diving is a form of diving where divers must endure sub-zero water temperatures. A dive team will search for an area of ice that is thin enough to cut through using a chainsaw. The divers usually wear several layers of protection, including heated neoprene suits, a drysuit and a full face mask. Due to the conditions and small exit hole, divers must use extra safety precautions, such as the use of a safety rope (lower right of image) and diving only one or two at a time. Arctic waters are abundant in a wide variety of flora and fauna. Photographed in Lancaster Sound, Baffin Island, Canada.

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