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Tracking Glacial Ice Through the Extreme Ice Survey

Posted on: June 16th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

Glacial ice.Have you heard about the Extreme Ice Survey? It’s worth your time to check out some of the groundbreaking work that our very own AAC members are spearheading. The Extreme Ice Survey is a study using ground-based, real-time photography to document glacial ice on a wide scale. “EIS uses time-lapse photography, conventional photography, and video to document the rapid changes now occurring on the Earth’s glacial ice. The EIS team has installed 27 time-lapse cameras (click to see!) at 15 sites in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, and the Rocky Mountains. EIS supplements this ongoing record with annual repeat photography in Iceland, the Alps, and Bolivia.”

James Balog is an AAC member, accomplished photographer, and mountaineer, as well as the acting Director of EIS. Click here to check out a list of what he’s been up to lately, including a photographic documentation of the Icelandic volcano eruptions and their effect on the ice.

Recently, Conrad Anker, another well-known AAC member and alpinist, helped bring the Extreme Ice Survey to Everest. He and EIS Field Operations Manager Adam LeWinter just returned from Nepal where they deployed five cameras that will monitor the Khumbu Glacier on Mt. Everest. More information about this extension of EIS’s glacial photography project is forthcoming on the EIS website.

Clicking around the website is worth it for the stunning photos alone, as well as learning about the incredible initiative this team of committed environmentalists is undertaking, and what you can do to help.

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