The Story of Melting Ice

Pennsylvania photographer James Balog is known for his works that explore the relationship between humans and nature. But his most known project, called Extreme Ice Survey, is a unique study of melting glaciers of our planet.

Balog employs time-lapse static cameras, installed in many different places in the world, in order to document the historical change of landscape, which is impossible to be fully grasped by the human eye – the melting of enormous bodies of dense ice, the glaciers, the process known as ice calving. His team has set up 43 time-lapse cameras at 18 glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Canada, the Nepalese Himalaya (with cameras installed at Mountain Everest), and at the Rocky Mountains.

What they caught on film (or, rather, on large-capacity professional memory cards) since 2007, is both astonishing, and terrifying. James Balog and his team were able to prove that glaciers disappear at an alarming rate.

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Glacier calving in Alaska. Source: https://pixabay.com

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