Ice, ice baby — the beautiful, sad, shifting state of wild ice

Geomorphologist / photographer James Balog travels the globe to capture the twisting, soaring forms of the world’s vanishing wild ice. In 2009, he wowed the TEDGlobal crowd with his time-lapse photos of the shifting landscapes of the world’s icy habitats.

Above, some striking footage from his project Extreme Ice Survey, which caught the Ilulissat glacier in Greenland breaking up.

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