Touching Infinity

Cassandra Brooks says that people often ask her "why I would want to work in Antarcticathe windiest, driest, coldest continent on Earth." She found her answer to that question in that first sunset. "These momentshumbled by the extreme elements and exhilarated by the sheer beauty of the placehere at the bottom of the world," she writes, "are like touching infinity."

From "What It's Like to Live on a Ship Sailing Through the Antarctic Ice," by Rebecca J. Rosen, The Atlantic Monthly, May 6, 2013