The article reports the deep dives made by Laurent Ballesta and Vincent Munier to document life under Antarctic's sea ice which in the winter extends 60 miles out to sea. But, when Ballesta and Munier made their dives in October 2015, it's the beginning of spring when for 36 days--as the ice breaks up and extends only a few miles from the coast--the divers could shinny their way through the 10-foot-thick ice to dive down as deep as 230 feet.
Getting from "here" to "there" is a chilling tale (pun intended), not an adventure for anyone who experiences claustrophobia!
While it took Ballestra and Munier 2 years to prepare for this adventure, what it took to make 32 dives in a single day is nothing short of astounding. But, even more astounding are the photographs made possible by those dives. To wit:
Ballesta and Munier have been where no other human beings have been, making their trip to Antarctica an event similar to Neil Armstrong setting his foot on the Earth's moon. Looking downward, Ballesta's enchantment with the sea's biodiversity shines through.
It's enchanting...and more...instructive.
In The Motley Monk's estimation, the only lacuna in the Ballesta's article is that he doesn't report looking upward from the top of the ice floe to connect what's way "up there" with the way he looked beneath the ice floe at what's way "down here." The singular Creator of both is entirely absent in Ballesta's account.
Even in this icy cold sea--way down there--science teaches how everything aligns perfectly with natural law, first set into motion by its Creator--just as it is and was way up there.
Let the discussion begin...
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