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on September 14, 2012
what i love about photography is that a good photographer can take things you look at every day and make them look interesting, sometimes amazing. so when you take good photographers and put them in the most beautiful places on earth (in my opinion, i love ICE and MOUNTAINS), then you get the most jaw-droppingly beautiful pictures you've ever seen.

sometimes it's hard to believe that the pictures are taken on planet earth. ice does amazing things when left to it's own devices. truly stunning.

absolutely worth a purchase. great quality binding and everything, beautiful pictures. the only thing i was expecting was more text, but at least they filled it with great pictures instead.
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on September 11, 2012
This book is stunning--photography of glaciers from the Alps to the Rockies to Alaska--and all the while making it so clear that the world's ice is melting. Read the book and see the new documentary on James Balog and the work in this book: Chasing Ice.
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In 2007 James Balog started a multi-year initiative called "Extre Ice Survey" (or EIS), targeting glaciers in Iceland, Greenland and Alaska where he placed about two dozen cameras to document what is happening to glaciers around the world. Director Jeff Orlowski and his team tagged along and the results of this were captured in a documentary called "Chasing Ice". I happened to see it this past weekend at the Landmark E Street Theatre in Washington DC. This book is essentially a companion book to that documentary, providing stunning pictures of the glaciers that are disappearing before our very own eyes. Others have already commented on the book, and since I cannot find the DVD release posted on Amazon yet (although it is listed at Amazon UK), here my thoughts on that documentary.

"Chasing Ice" (2012 release; 76 min.) feels like a National Geogprahic special, and this is not a surprise (nor a complaint) in that James Balog started a pre-EIS project in partnership with National Geographic. Once it became clear to Balog that this could be something very special, the project was expanded into what would become the EIS. This movie was shot over a period of almost 4 years, and the patience with which this movie came about really pays off. If you think this is some one-man show, you will be surprised to see how many people became involved with this, and what the techological challenges were and how they would need to overcome (the most obvious one being: how to shelter the cameras from the relentless weather elements). Once the cameras are positioned, they were to make photographs every 30 min. during the daylight hours. When you collect the thousands of pictures into a time-lapse film, the results are nothing short of astonishing. In addition to the time-laps photography, there is various video footage as well. Sometimes you need to be a little lucky, as when a team goes out in the hope of catching the "calving" of a glacier (when a huge piece breaks off), and then actually catches it on camera (the concluding part of the movie is primarily the jaw-dropping footage of a "calving" the size of lower Manhattan from a glacier in Greenland).

In all, I can't say enough about this movie. I was initially a bit skeptical of going to see this due to the rather short length, but all I can say is that I am very glad I went anyway, as this movie will without a doubt blow your mind, as it did mine. If you have a chance to see this, either in the theatre or on DVD, do not miss it. "Chasing Ice" is HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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on May 23, 2014
I look at this book the way I looked at my favorite story books when young. If you've seen the movie "Chasing Ice," you realize James Balog has a true passion for glaciers. And he's a superb photographer. I'll never in my lifetime travel to any of the places he shows in this book, but feel his photographs transport me there. They're beautiful, inspired and hopefully will remind anyone who looks at them that the earth is a jewel and needs to be protected.
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on March 21, 2013
James Balog has put series of beautiful photos together to illustrate the melting of glaciers and the impact on our climate. As you enjoy the beauty of the photography, you also realize how rapidly the ice is melting in the Arctic and the impact that will have on our lives.
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on June 27, 2013
As I sit inside my air conditioned house on a late June night I am able to see these remarkable photos. Beautiful, almost surreal ice glaciers and icebergs. Balog demonstrates climate change by juxtaposing current and past photos of the same glaciers at different points in time. How anyone can possibly claim that the earth is not warming after viewing these is totally beyond me. I sincerely doubt he has resorted to any type of photographic chicanery in his photos. Camera doesn't lie. We are doing our children and their children, etc, a tremendous disservice if we summarily dismiss out of hand the evidence that Balog presents us. His evidence and his photos are taken at several different locales to showcase the impending devastation. I would think only those who live and die by Fox News and Limbaugh would not see and understand the gravity of the situation that lies ahead of us. Grand book. Thank goodness for those who are brave enough to question the status quo and share their knowledge. Time well spent.
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on December 16, 2012
For those who still do not believe on Global Warming, this is a must have book. Besides the fantastic images, it will also show what is happening to the planet, due to the irresponsible planet usage... This is an amazing work done by James Balog!! I really recommend it!!
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on August 2, 2013
James Balog photographs glaciers with an absolutely tantalizing eye for composition and light, making these living landmarks of planet's history pop off the page. Balog's book is also exceptionally well-written and informative. Thorough, precise and gorgeous in every aspect, this one stands alone atop my library of coffee table literature!
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on October 30, 2013
Powerful and amazing photographs of our Earth's glaciers! Monumental evidence of unlimited beauty that we take for granted and may discover that these earthly legacies will be short lived due to negligence of humans.
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on December 11, 2012
This book has incredibly beautiful photos. This book is a visual record of the effects of global climate change on glaciers around our world and it should be on the list of most influential books of our time.
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