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Frozen Memory: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers [Slide Show]

In 2007 photojournalist James Balog, who shot the image featured in the magazine's August photo spread ("Lakes on Ice," by Sid Perkins), gathered a team of scientists, photographers and filmmakers to launch the Extreme Ice Survey. The project, one of the most ambitious photographic glacial surveys ever undertaken, documents changes in the ice formations using dozens of time-lapse cameras placed at 18 sites around the world, including Greenland, Iceland and the Nepalese Himalayas. The photos in this slide show come from the forthcoming book Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers (Rizzoli, September 2012), by Balog and the Extreme Ice Survey team.

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  • COLUMBIA GLACIER. ALASKA, U.S.
    COLUMBIA GLACIER. ALASKA, U.S.

    July 23, 2006. In the mid-1980s ice filled this valley up to the lower edge of the dark band of vegetation.

  • MOUNT KILIMANJARO. TANZANIA.
    MOUNT KILIMANJARO. TANZANIA.

    July 27, 2005. A fast-melting face of the Furtwängler Glacier near the summit.

  • SOUTH LAKE, GREENLAND ICE SHEET. GREENLAND.
    SOUTH LAKE, GREENLAND ICE SHEET. GREENLAND.

    July 20, 2006.

  • STEIN GLACIER. SWITZERLAND.
    STEIN GLACIER. SWITZERLAND.

    September 25, 2006.

  • STEIN GLACIER. SWITZERLAND.
    STEIN GLACIER. SWITZERLAND.

    September 17, 2011.

  • TAHUMMING GLACIER. BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA.
    TAHUMMING GLACIER. BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA.

    August 29th 2009. The glacier has recently retreated from this cliff.

  • GREENLAND ICE SHEET. GREENLAND.
    GREENLAND ICE SHEET. GREENLAND.

    June 7, 2010. Crevasses filled with meltwater.

  • NORTHERN NORTH LAKE.
    NORTHERN NORTH LAKE.

    Greenland Ice Sheet, Greenland. July 18,2008. Lake bed, bare after the lake has drained, shows a moulin (cavity) that swallowed millions of gallons of water.

  • GREENLAND ICE SHEET. GREENLAND.
    GREENLAND ICE SHEET. GREENLAND.

    July 14, 2008. Bubbles of air, possibly 15,000 years old, are released as the ice sheet melts.

  • GREENLAND ICE SHEET. GREENLAND.
    GREENLAND ICE SHEET. GREENLAND.

    July 10, 2008. Silt and soot blown from afar turn into black "cryoconite," absorb solar heat, and melt down into ice.

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