10x10: Under the Ice

In our series 10X10, we examine places that might not seem all that interesting... places like your typical frozen pond.  Sure, on the surface it's a wind-swept desert of crunchy snow and frigid temperatures, but drill a few inches down though, and you'll discover a world turned upside-down. In this episode, we give the down low on bizarre properties of water, fish that thrive in a capped-off environment, and long beards of algae clinging to the underside of a secret ecosystem few have ever explored.

For this story we tagged along with Clay Groves, chief executive fish nerd of the Fish Nerds podcast, and interviewed Ted Ozersky of the University of Madison-Wisconsin, Sapna Sharma of York University, and sound artist Cheryl Leonard.

Outside/In was produced this week by:

Outside/In was produced this week by me Sam Evans-Brown, and Taylor Quimby with help from Justine Paradis, Jimmy Gutierrez, and Erika Janik is our Executive Producer. Maureen McMurray is the director of hating gratuitous splashing sound effects.

Special thanks to John Magnuson and Stephanie Hampton for directing us to the right folks for this story.

Music from this week’s episode came from Blue Dot Sessions, Ikimashoo Aoi, and Lee Rosevere.

All of the sounds of lake ice are from Cheryl Leonard’s composition Frozen Over.

Our theme music is by Breakmaster Cylinder.

Outside/In is a production of New Hampshire Public Radio.