The Extreme Ice Survey or The Death of Glaciers


Global warming is a subject that’s still heatedly discussed by both scientists and the general public. Eager to see with his own eyes whether global warming exists, photographer James Balog has initiated a comprehensive study of glaciers, completed with an exceptional video. Through “Chasing Ice” he collected evidence of glacier mass extinction and made climate changes visible.

Lindblad Cove, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, 11 January 2011

Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland, 22 September 2011


It all began in 2006 in Iceland while the acclaimed nature photographer and long-time climber snapped pictures of glaciers for National Geographic. He couldn’t believe his eyes that huge amounts of ice were shrinking in such a short period of time. That’s when he decided to create this unique photo project.



The photographer spent several weeks watching glaciers disappear and he filmed the phenomenon using twenty-five time-lapse cameras over a period of three years. One of the biggest glaciers he caught on camera was 4.59 cubic miles. In his own words: “It’s like watching Manhattan disappear before your eyes”.

Ilulissat Isfjord, Greenland 24 August 2007

Icebergs, Iceland

Jeff Orlowsky – the director of the movie has accompanied Jim on his endeavors through thick and thin. The images they captured prove that global warming is real. The fact that the ice of the earth wanes and the mighty glaciers of the Arctic retire at an unprecedented pace can’t be denied any more. The documentary Chasing Ice shows memories of something we thought would be there forever. The consequences of global warming have never been filmed in such an artistic and disturbing way before.



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