Glaciers are supposed to advance or retreat at a glacial pace. Now they’re disappearing before our eyes. Ilulissat Ice Fjord, Greenland, 2008. Solid turns to liquid as a 15-story iceberg erodes in the warming seas of the North Atlantic. Image © James Balog/National Geographic
2012 Columbia Glacier, Columbia Bay, Alaska.
Iceberg-choked Prince William Sound reveals that the retreat of the Columbia Glacier is accelerating: It’s lost two more miles of ice in six years. And since 1980 it has diminished vertically an amount equal to the height of New York’s Empire State Building.
2009 Bridge Glacier, British Columbia.
Retreating roughly five feet a day during melt season, the 10.5-mile Bridge Glacier in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains suffers the double whammy of lower snowfall in winter and hotter temperatures in summer. As the glacier shrinks, the lake at its foot keeps growing.
The images are from the October issue of National Geographic magazine.
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