A drama documentary charting the miraculous 1913 escape of a group of sailors from the Arctic pack ice
has scooped the top prize at a Paris film festival celebrating the best in adventure TV and film.
David Thomas and Stathis Papadimitriou have been handed pounds 250,000 to join a daring expedition attempting to lock a ship into drifting pack ice
in the frozen southern seas.
The case of the shrinking pack ice
is only one of many climatic conundrums troubling scientists who study the Arctic.
Given the extremely harsh conditions of weather and pack ice
, this will be one of the largest and most complex hydrocarbon development projects ever attempted and will require an estimated capital investment of several billion U.
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They followed the edge of the pack ice
, sometimes having to drag the boats across icefields to reach open water.
But an epic tale of endurance, faith and heroism ensued as the ship's crew suffered the full horrors of an Arctic winter, stranded on pack ice
a thousand miles from civilisation and safety.
The Polar Bound, specially designed to withstand extreme polar conditions and pack ice
, headed south towards the Antarctic and reached the Falklands on March 30.
The globe, he said, would have been a "Snowball Earth," with pack ice
covering much of the ocean.
While his classmates spent Easter munching chocolate eggs, the teenager skied for 10 hours a day, dragging an 80kg sled laden with camping equipment and food supplies 111 miles across broken pack ice
She will be one of only 30 runners from around the world lining up for the North Pole Marathon in April - a race run in its entirety over the drifting pack ice
in the high Arctic Ocean.
Billed as the last great ocean adventure, the first team to try the route in an open boat in 1997 failed and had to be rescued from crunching pack ice
by an ocean-going ice breaker.