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Thursday, August 23, 2012

'Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice' review - SFGate

'Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice' review - SFGate: "'Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice' review"

“The American Dream is very much alive, though, as you can see on Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice, people are finding it in the most unlikely and challenging places,” Nancy Daniels, Executive Vice President, Production and Development for Discovery Channel, said in a press release.  ”Cutting a hole through four feet thick ice and diving to the bottom of the Bering Sea, these modern-day gold miners show their determination and grit, and the depths they will go to earn a living.”

...."Unlike a lot of reality shows, "Under the Ice" is convincingly frightening. Even the smallest equipment failure can mean the difference between life and death, and as a viewer, you feel it. Imagine descending through a small opening in the ice into below-freezing water with limited visibility. If your miner's light fails, you can see nothing. The farther you wander from the hole in the ice, the more you put yourself in danger, not just because if something happens, you have only one way out and it's 50 feet away, but also because you are dependent on hot water being pumped from home base into your wet suit to prevent hypothermia. The farther the water has to travel, the more it will be cooled by the ocean before it reaches you...."

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