The researchers at the frosty Applied Physics Lab Ice Station (COOL JOB NAME ALERT) already have it hard enough. Freezing temperatures, peeing into wooden boxes, guarding against bears, and the like. Also taxing? Chainsawing submarines out of the frozen crust.
Part of the Alaskan station's research involves deep sea submarine communications, and occasionally one of the subs stops by. Here, the nuclear-powered, Seawolf-class USS Connecticut surfaces near the APLIS—with a little help from a chainsaw-wielding employee. Be careful not to cut too deep. [via The Atlantic, Photo: Reuters/Lucas Jackson]
Update: Giz reader Mark sent in a video of the dig, courtesy of a family member who was on site.