Here is a stunning time-lapse video of the rapidly receding Columbia Glacier in Alaska, by James Balog. The images were shot between May 2007 and September 2011. It’s amazing just how much the glacier has receded within that short geological timeframe.
The images are part of Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey, which documents the changes in glaciers around the world with photography. EIS has so far set up cameras at glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska and in the Rocky Mountains. Projects in British Colombia, Canada are expected to follow.
Apparently Bolog used to be a climate change skeptic, but his work has led him to the realisation that “Shrinking glaciers are the canary in the global coal mine. They are the most visible, tangible manifestations of climate change on the planet today.”, he says.
It’s a good thing that a survey like this exists, so we can all see the situation for ourselves.
Here’s a similar video to the one linked above. This one is of a the retreating Mendenhall glacier near Juneau, also in Alaska.
Image CC licensed by U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center: Columbia Glacier, Alaska