The RV Polarstern bursts through pack ice and opens up the waters below to the researchers' instruments. Research equipment and high-tech measuring instruments…Read More »
are positioned with the help of cranes and winches, sometimes at extreme depths. The ship's special sounding devices can go down to a depth of 33,000 feet (10,000 meters) and can penetrate up to 500 feet (150 m) into the sea floor.
The RV Polarstern also serves as a supply ship and unloads freight for Neumayer Station in Antarctica. The ship unloaded vehicles and sleds with its crane in the above image.
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The RV Polarstern in the Antarctic Ocean.
The Polarstern spends almost 320 days a year at sea.
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Brett Israel was a staff writer for Live Science with a focus on environmental issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from The University of Georgia, a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and has studied doctorate-level biochemistry at Emory University.