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New film chases glaciers, with time-lapse photos

Published on Nov 17, 2012 7:27 AM
Adam LeWinter is pictured ice climbing in Survey Canyon, Greenland by photographer James Balog in this 2009 publicity photograph released to Reuters on Nov 16, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Al Gore won an Oscar with a documentary that used bar graphs and pie charts to illustrate climate change and the fate of the Earth.

Six years after Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, a new film, Chasing Ice, goes beyond the data and the diagrams to document the disappearance of the world's glaciers with time-lapse photography.

Nature photographer James Balog has been capturing the grandeur of glaciers and ice floes since 2007. He started the Extreme Ice Survey the same year, which is considered the most wide-ranging photographic study of glaciers.

What started as a video record of Balog and his team's Arctic excursions instead turned into Chasing Ice, a chronicling of the effort to capture and consolidate time-lapse photos over months and years of vanishing polar landscapes.

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