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What Lies Beneath
Photograph by Paul Nicklen

Cupped in the palm of an icy hand 20 feet (5 meters) below the surface, diver Wayne Smith lights up layers of multiyear ice in the Arctic's Canada Basin. The thick floes—which house a variety of marine animals from bacteria to crustaceans to Arctic cod—aren't just massive but are also mobile, pushed by the wind and waves that sculpted them.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F4 in Nexus F4 housing
Film Type: Ektachrome 100
Lens: Nikon 20mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Cold and wet
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Ambient light
Special Equipment or Comments:  We used specialized diving gear for diving in water below 30°F (below 0°C).


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