An unprecedented experiment in time-lapse photography reveals how quickly glaciers are melting around the world
By By Kim Castleberry, Photography By James Balog
Published February 10, 2009
Updated July 1, 2016
On glaciers across the northern hemisphere, a couple dozen solar-powered cameras are shooting once an hour for every daylight hour, capturing the ice as it melts in real time. This is a phenomenon often discussed but rarely seen, and perhaps never before in this way. When culled together, these hour-to-hour frames compose dramatic time-lapse image sequences showing that glaciers everywhere are disappearing fast.
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