A photographer has captured stunning—yet worrying images of our planet’s polar ice caps. As things are now, Earth’s polar ice sheets are disappearing and we need to do something to stop it.
Diane Tuft, an environmental photographer has published the results of an extraordinary journey where she captured stunning—yet worrying images of the Arctic Melting.
On her long journey, the photographer traveled to the North Pole, Norway and visited the icebergs of Greenland in order to document the Arctic circle before the ice-capped environments is forever last.
All images were documented in the artist’s book, The Arctic Melt: Images of a Disappearing Landscape.
Speaking to Architectural Digest, Tuft said: “For the past 20 years, I have focused on capturing the environment’s visual effects on our landscape. Global warming has caused the Arctic to melt faster than any other area on earth, and I was compelled to photograph its landscape before it disappears. I hope that with visual documentation my work will demonstrate to the public that climate change is real and that we need to encourage policies that address the issue of global warming before it is too late.”
The stunning images were documented during the Summers of 2015 and 2016 as the photographer made her way using planes, boats, and helicopters which eventually took her tom some of the most remote and inaccessible places on our planet. The results are beyond worrying.
“While this was an amazing experience, it disturbed me to know that my trip through the Arctic Ocean was only possible because of the Arctic melt,’ she said. For thousands of years, the sea ice during the Arctic winters through the month of June was always too thick for surface vessels to access the North Pole.”
“But now, because of climate change, our vessel was the third earliest to ever reach the Pole and the only vessel to arrive during the summer solstice.”
In an effort to raise awareness, Tuft hopes that her images will help us understand what is going on with our planet, in hopes to increase the discussion on carbon emissions which have drastically increased in the last couple of decades in an effort to slow the effects of climate change.
These stunning images come shortly after scientists found worrying data on Antarctica. Mostly caused because of global warming, experts have identified a MASSIVE crack in the Antarctic ice shelf Larsen C, scientists say that it will soon give away, becoming one of the largest icebergs on the planet. In fact, it might be an iceberg twice the size of the SMALLEST European country.
The massive iceberg THREE TIMES the size of London is barely holding onto the remaining ice by a mass of around 20 kilometers.
Shocked experts discovered that “about 20 kilometers of crack left so that the mass of ice is completely fractured and falls off into the sea”, according to a report by the Argentine Ministry of Defense.
Larsen C is the FOURTH largest ice shelf in Antarctica and according to reports from Nature, since early this year, its crack has moved at least 10 kilometers more. Currently, the crack is already 175 kilometers long.
Experts are convinced that the increasing crack is definitely tied to “global climate change, although there are still no conclusions”.