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Man plans to spend year living on an iceberg

By T.K. Randall
April 18, 2015 · Comment icon 24 comments

Bellini will spend twelve months watching his new home melt away. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Ansgar Walk
Adventurer Alex Bellini will live inside a special survival pod on top of an iceberg in Greenland.
Having previously completed journeys across the Sahara desert, the Pacific ocean and the snowy wastelands of Alaska, the veteran outdoorsman is no stranger to surviving for long periods of time in some of the most extreme environments on Earth.
His latest endeavor however, which will see him spend a full twelve months residing inside a survival capsule on top of an iceberg in Greenland, may be his toughest yet.

Bellini's inspiration for the attempt was Umberto Nobile, an Italian thrill-seeker who was forced to survive for a month on the ice after crashing his zeppelin near Svalbard back in the 1920s.

Unlike his 20th century counterpart however Bellini will have much of what he needs available to him on-hand thanks to the special survival capsule he will be living in which, having been made from aircraft-grad aluminum, was originally designed to keep people alive during a tsunami.

During his time in the pod he will also be monitoring the iceberg that he is living on as it slowly melts away in an effort to gain awareness for global warming.

"I want to prove how the pace of ice-melting has dramatically accelerated over the last decades," he said. "We'll also play the symbolic card: the adventure of a man floating adrift on an iceberg will come to represent the condition of the whole humankind going adrift on an endangered planet."

Source: Smithsonian Magazine | Comments (24)

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Comment icon #15 Posted by Border Collie 9 years ago
The Gin and Tonics will go down well.
Comment icon #16 Posted by jarjarbinks 9 years ago
better idea than the guy who built a suit to be eaten by a snake
Comment icon #17 Posted by Lilly 9 years ago
I've just spent a winter in New England that produced in 8 feet of snow and below freezing temps. I think being on a iceberg couldn't be too much worse.
Comment icon #18 Posted by ancient astronaut 9 years ago
Been nice knowing you.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Jacker 9 years ago
I admire this guy for his adventures. We live on a gorgeous planet and we should spend our days admiring to it, traveling around the globe and of course, spread the love to our planet. I will surely go on a great adventure across the Earth very soon I hope!
Comment icon #20 Posted by Athena1979 9 years ago
Jack: "I'm king of the world!" Rose: I want you to draw me like one of your French girls. There was plenty of room on the door, Rose.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Athena1979 9 years ago
I would like to find this guy during the apocalypse. I think he would have a high chance of survival from the zombies on an iceberg.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Red Moon 9 years ago
He could fill the iceberg with fruit juice and suck it.
Comment icon #23 Posted by DefenceMinisterMishkin 9 years ago
Polar bears can climb up onto bergs.. Should be interesting..
Comment icon #24 Posted by TripGun 9 years ago
Pod can be quickly transformed in to a coffin.

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