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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Icebergs Frozen in Time by a Photographer Camille Seaman

“They are like humans in that each one reacts to its environment and its circumstances in its own way,” Camille Seaman said. “I’ve come across icebergs that were very stalwart and just refused to dissolve or break up. And there were others — massive, massive icebergs — that were like ‘I can’t take it anymore’ and in front of my eyes would just dissolve into the sea. There’s so many unique personalities. There’s a sadness to them.”

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Over eight years, Ms. Seaman has encountered, and photographed, each of them as sentient beings. Her passion for icebergs was ignited the moment she first saw one in the Weddell Sea off the Antarctic coast.
“I remember shaking, seeing this massive thing that was probably, half the size of Manhattan,” Ms. Seaman said. “I had to think that this was one snowflake on top of another snowflake, year after year, for many thousands or millions of years before here it is standing before me.”[via NY Times]

 Scientists have discovered that changes in the amount of ice floating in the polar oceans are causing sea levels to rise. The loss of floating ice is equivalent to 1.5 million Titanic-sized icebergs each year. 

"Over recent decades there have been dramatic reductions in the quantity of Earth's floating ice, including collapses of Antarctic ice shelves and the retreat of Arctic sea ice," Professor Andrew Shepherd, of the University of Leeds, UK
"These changes have had major impacts on regional climate and, because oceans are expected to warm considerably over the course of the 21st century, the melting of floating ice should be considered in future assessments of sea level rise."