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Drone offers a virtual tour of Alaska's eerie ice caves
Titled 'Bigger Than Life,' a new short video explores Alaskan ice caves with a GoPro-toting drone.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Like countless glaciers
these days, Alaska's Mendenhall Glacier is melting. The loss of such an ancient, iconic ice formation to climate change would certainly be a bummer, but it also has a temporary silver lining: Glacial meltwater can carve out some amazing ice caves.
Those caves star in a mesmerizing new video, "Bigger Than Life
," that explores the glacial grottos with a GoPro camera and a quadcopter drone. It's the "first documented drone flight through ice caves," according to the filmmakers, and it offers spectacular, rarely seen views from inside a glacier.
"When you're in the ice cave, you are in pure awe of the beauty that lies around you," producer Christopher Carson tells the Alaska Dispatch
. "This feeling is surreal and empowering."
Check it out above, preferably in high-definition and full-screen mode. And for a look at how the flight was filmed, check out this wordless behind-the-scenes video
released by Firefight Films:
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