The scale of the glaciers is simply massive. Here Balog hikes across Svinafellsjokull, in Iceland, to demonstrate its size (circled, above, in red). In early 2005, Balog took an assignment to photograph glaciers in Iceland and found the distance covered by their annual retreat astounding. "I'd studied glaciers off and on for most of my life," he says, "but I'd never conceived of changes of that scale being possible in such a short time span. It was staggering." See the profile of James Balog and his photographs in "Portrait of a Meltdown" in our October 2007 issue.
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