Behind the Scenes of Chasing Ice

Behind the Scenes of Chasing Ice

James Balog/Extreme Ice Survey

The Solheim Glacier. Top: 2006; Bottom: 2009.

James Balog/Extreme Ice Survey

Adam LeWinter ice climbing in Survey Canyon, Greenland.

James Balog/Extreme Ice Survey

An EIS team member provides scale in a massive landscape of crevasses on the Svnafellsjkull Glacier in Iceland.

James Balog

Filmmaker Jeff Orlowski documents Adam LeWinter rappelling down the Solheim Glacier in Iceland.

James Balog’s “ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers.”

Columbia Glacier, Alaska, USA, 20 June 2008. A meltwater lake ten miles inland from the terminus of the glacier.

James Balog/Extreme Ice Survey

Chasing Ice Director Jeffery Orlowski shooting in Uummannaq, Greenland, Summer of 2007.

James Balog’s “ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers.”

Greenland Ice Sheet, Greenland, 10 July 2008. Silt and soot blown from afar turn into black "cryoconite," absorb solar heat and melt down into the ice.

James Balog/Extreme Ice Survey

EIS field assistant, Adam LeWinter on NE rim of Birthday Canyon, atop feature called Moab. Greenland Ice Sheet, July 2009. Black deposit in bottom of channel is cryoconite. Birthday Canyon is approximately 150 feet deep.

James Balog

Chasing Ice Director Jeff Orlowski films in Survey Canyon, Greenland, in the summer of 2009.

James Balog’s “ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers.”

Aerial view of Lake Meighan and Survey Canyon, Greenland, 6 July 2009. Ablated surface of the ice sheet shows abandoned meltwater channels from an earlier time.

Tad Pfeffer, PhD

Photographer James Balog installs a time-lapse camera at the Columbia Glacier in Alaska. This camera has lived at the Columbia Glacier for over 5 years, photographing every hour of daylight, and has captured massive retreat at this location.

James Balog/Extreme Ice Survey

In Disko Bay, Greenland, 20-story high icebergs broken off from the Greenland Ice Sheet float into the North Atlantic, raising sea level

Jeff Orlowski

Adam LeWinter on a month-long "Glacier Watching" trip at the Ilulissat Glacier, Greenland. He and filmmaker Jeff Orlowski camped out in Greenland waiting to capture a huge calving event.

Behind the Scenes of Chasing Ice