Vanishing Glaciers, Then and Now

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For years, photographer James Balog has been risking his life to document the receding of glaciers as climate change begins taking its toll at the earth’s extremities. These pairs of images from his new book, Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers, released last month by Rizzoli, show the transformation of glaciers in Switzerland, Canada, Iceland and Greenland since 2006.

Vanishing Glaciers.Stein Glacier, Switzerland. September 25, 2006.

Vanishing Glaciers.Stein Glacier, Switzerland. September 17, 2011.

Vanishing Glaciers.Bridge Glacier, British Columbia, Canada. September 1, 2009.

Vanishing Glaciers.Bridge Glacier, British Columbia, Canada. August 23, 2010.

Vanishing Glaciers.Elger Glacier, Switzerland. September 24, 2006.

Vanishing Glaciers.Elger Glacier, Switzerland. September 25, 2011.

Vanishing Glaciers.Umiamako Glacier, Greenland. June 17, 2007

Vanishing Glaciers.Umiamako Glacier, Greenland. June 16, 2011

Vanishing Glaciers.snæfellsjökull Glacier, Iceland. March 5, 2005.

Vanishing Glaciers.snæfellsjökull Glacier, Iceland. June 17, 2011.

Vanishing Glaciers.Trift Glacier, Switzerland. September 25, 2006.

Vanishing Glaciers.Trift Glacier, Switzerland. September 16, 2011.

Vanishing Glaciers.Trift Glacier, Switzerland. September 25, 2006.

Vanishing Glaciers.Trift Glacier, Switzerland. September 16, 2011.