Extreme Ice Program Highlights Ilulissat Glacier in Greenland

The excellent PBS Program Nova is airing a program called Extreme Ice.

This documentary film by James Balog shows time lapse videos of glaciers rapidly melting and disappearing into the sea all across the Northern Hemisphere. James Balog also appeared on Fresh Air to discuss the film.

I think the film should be enlightening about the global climate shift. It should also be of interest to those who are interested in Greenland and its landscape. We could be knee deep in sea water before we know it from the looks of the embedded time lapse video. Every year a group of Americans makes the journey to Greenland to compete in the Greenland Championships. The championship has been held in Ilulissat for the past few years. If the Glacier recedes completely from the area it will be difficult to predict how that might change the landscape, the climate, water level, or other environmental factors for this town and this region of Greenland.

Ironically Thomas Duncan posted this beautiful tilt shift photo of Ilulissat harbor just the other day on the Qajaq USA Forum.

Thomas Duncan Tiltshift Ilulissat harbor photo

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  1. This guy has been doing really interesting work for a long time. His "out of context" animal portraits back in the late 80's were really interesting.

    BTW, he had a pretty good interview about this documentary last Wednesday, the 18th, on Fresh Air. You can podcast or stream it from here: http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php