Ice needed to balance temperature and moisture on Planet Earth

No, the cryosphere is not the ultimate place to have a good cry after you part from your mate.

changes in Muir Glacier reflect changes in the cryosphere

changes in Muir Glacier reflect changes in the cryosphere

The series about the changes in the cryosphere is beautifully documented by adventure photographer James Balog and a team of scientists through the world’s icy regions in the largest-ever photographic study of the cryosphere.

Cryosphere describes the frozen water or icy portions of the Earth’s surface where water is in solid form, including sea ice, lake ice, river ice, snow cover, glaciers, ice caps and ice sheets, and frozen ground (which includes permafrost.

The cryosphere is an integral part of the global climate system with important connections and reflects its influence on surface energy and moisture fluxes, clouds, precipitation, hydrology, and atmospheric and oceanic circulation. Through these feedback processes, the cryosphere plays a significant role in global climate and in climate model response to
By placing cameras throughout the Arctic and programming them to shoot one frame every daylight hour for three years, Balog and his team were able to capture unprecedented footage of the living ever changing world of Arctic ice. The survey results show extreme and rapid melting in polar regions.

Once a climate change skeptic, Balog here presents stirring time-lapse images of melting bodies of ice. By placing cameras throughout the Arctic and programming them to shoot one frame every daylight hour for three years, he and his team were able to capture unprecedented footage of the world in flux. Extreme Ice explores the potential implications of this undeniable “big melt. “This documentary is the combined work of NOVA and National Geographic.

Resources

Excerpts and Adobe Flash Player : extremeicesurvey.org

Excerpts and Adobe Flash Player : npr.org/2009/03/extreme ice

Excerpts courtesy of  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryosphere

Image courtesy of National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC.org)

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  1. April 5, 2009 at 3:43 am

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