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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.Read more ›
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!
Alan Holyoak. PhD
Former Director of Environmental Studies, Manchester College
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent documentary of one man's effort of showing climate change and melting glaciers over many years.Published 18 months ago by Jill Moffitt
Again the this movie shows what is happening to our planet.Published on October 19, 2014 by Robert Bone
Good, very good, however Chasing Ice is more breathtaking. Don't forget that the Blu-Rays always have more data, visuals and Chasing Ice extra content is outstanding!Published on September 9, 2014 by Monty
Along with 'Chasing Ice" , I loved the way this presents the facts of the climate changes happening now. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Karen Rode
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 twoPublished on March 26, 2014 by Stephen G. Lonefeather :
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 morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Dr, Ruth Holmes Whitehead
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 on November 22, 2013 by Judy
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