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Extreme Ice (2009)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PUTN3O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,970 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Extreme Ice focuses on climate change shown through time-lapse cameras set by internationally acclaimed photojournalist James Balog, who has placed equipment in more than two dozen glacial locations around the world in order to assess the impact of global warming. Cameras shoot once an hour during daylight. The endeavor will build an archive of some 300,000 images over two years and is one of the most comprehensive photographic studies undertaken on shrinking glaciers and rising sea levels.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Ice "in extremis" March 21, 2010
This recent documentary has many aspects to recommend it. For one thing, the film footage is beautiful and breathtaking. For another, the film's message is extremely urgent: the effect of today's global warming specifically on the world's ice.

In a nice personal touch, the film follows one particular athlete-photographer as he travels the world to shoot footage of "extreme ice." The title makes it sound like some extreme sport, and indeed it is for him, as he performs daring feats in his noble quest to photograph the "inside story" of global warming processes.

For example, the documentary features close-up footage of bright blue rivers of meltwater racing over Greenland's glaciers under the summer sun. The rivers are absolutely gorgeous. But then we see their horrible fate, as they plunge into gaping holes in the glacial surface and tumble into seemingly bottomless caverns. The photographer actually dangles down into one of them, trying in vain to see any bottom to it.

Of course, thousands of feet below, unseen, all that meltwater finally hits bedrock. There it acts as a lubricant, easing the movement of the glaciers atop the rock in their inexorable slide to the sea (gravity does the rest). The effect is like that of the millimeter of oil which lets pistons slide easily up and down in their cylinders. Only, the glaciers just keep sliding down into the sea - they don't return to land again.

That lubrication factor, we learn, is only one of those behind the glacial melting now accelerating on Greenland (and elsewhere). Another is the increasing warmth of the sea water itself there in and around the Arctic, now several degrees warmer than it was just a few decades ago.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This is a truly frightening video. I saw it on PBS. It shows the actual melting of ice on both the northern and southern ends of our planet. The people who made this film truly had courage. There is an element of horror watching a man lower himself into a giant hole in the ice hundreds of feet deep. The footage from Greenland was particularly disturbing, showing how holes in the ice are now opening up inland as the ice melts and water pours from under the ice to the sea. The staff of this show deserves a lot of credit for the courage they showed in going out and getting this footage for us.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing is believing November 2, 2009
The combination of art and science is powerful in portraying the most important phenomena of our time, the disappearance of the arctic ice, the canary in the global warming coal mine. The art is grand. The science validates the story. Together they make a gripping drama that today seems far away but in reality is on a fast track to tarnish and threaten our lives.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yep, it's getting warmer out there! March 2, 2010
This NOVA special presents results of the Extreme Ice Project in which time lapse cameras take hourly photos of glaciers for periods of a year or longer. These images together with results of scientific investigations of polar ice caps, glaciers, and mountain glaciers, paint a vivid picture of the increasing rate of global ice melting compared to just one decade ago.

The discoveries of the increased rates of mountain glacier declines, and the forming and draining of Greenlands surface ice melt lakes is alarming.

I know that there are many people out there that believe that global warming is a hoax or a politicized issue, but scientific work, observations, and conclusions going back five decades are showing an increasingly clear picture of what is going on with the planet, and its climate.

Ice is melting! And, faster than it can form.

Thanks for a fantastic glimpse into this important global historical event!

5 stars!

Alan Holyoak. PhD
Former Director of Environmental Studies, Manchester College
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Here it is--the visual facts. The cameras programmed for three years to photograph every hour. The candid input of scientists who admit that they don't know what affects the glaciers. Global warming first-hand. Rivers of water and lakes that empty suddenly and then watch huge, miles-long icebergs calve off the glaciers. Beauty and horror and science and under-the-nose facts caught on cutting-edge photography. Don't miss it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drop the blogs January 13, 2010
Drop the blogs.... and watch this movie. Stunning imagery. Daring feats. Forthright on implications. I'm looking for a BluRay version...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Disturbing June 16, 2010
Alright, I will warn you about this documentary (it's great by the way, so just stay with me on this). For me, this video gave me information that I kind of wish I didn't know. They did a substantial amount of research on site of the ice caps and their discoveries are quite disturbing.

With the glacial melting and the CO2 levels reaching record highs, the outlook for the future of global climate and sea level are not looking super pleasant, especially on the coast. This is an eye opener.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extreme Ice November 21, 2012
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Video interesting and valuable. It is visually effective and seems balanced and authentic in its scientific presentation (layman's view). As an adult I found it compelling and plan to present it to a younger audience as well; it seems nicely tailored for that.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching
Along with 'Chasing Ice" , I loved the way this presents the facts of the climate changes happening now. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen Rode
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done
I've watched this one and the one called Chasing Ice and even though both are great. This is by far the best of the two
Published 4 months ago by Stephen G. Lonefeather :
5.0 out of 5 stars Extreme Ice is Fantastic
Enthralling landscape and appalling research findings at the same time. Who could resist? I must have watched it ten times already, and will do so again. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dr, Ruth Holmes Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars Using time lapse photography NOVA shows breakup of glaciers in...
The result of the speed of this glacier breakup could lead to extreme flooding on coastlines and island nations around the world. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Zarathustra
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd
I bought this thinkin it was a movie. It is a documentary, but it is awesome to watch. Im glad I bought it. It came in good time . I would buy from this seller again.
Published 8 months ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information
The photos and videos do not lie.
I am convinced that the climate is changing. I am not sure
what the effects will be. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Reader In Maryland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight to Our Earth
This is a great lead into another that Balog has coming out called Chasing Ice. I have seen both and they give you a real understanding as to the controls we need to face regarding... Read more
Published 11 months ago by thedad51
5.0 out of 5 stars PBS dvd's
This is not only gorgeous to watch but informative. It's a great way to see more of our wonderful beautiful nature we are fortunate to have while it's still here. Read more
Published 12 months ago by M. Walton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to know.
I liked it. It makes you think about the future. How to stop it is another question. Are we to late?
Published 13 months ago by terri thurik
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful documentary
I really liked this film for the beauty it portrayed. There is also a serious message concerning global warming and the melting glaciers. Read more
Published 15 months ago by critterlover
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