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As the Ice Melts
Photograph by Paul Nicklen

Where ice thaws, ponds form. In the Arctic in summertime, meltponds sparkle on sheets of ice, evidence of the sun at work. In recent years warmer temperatures in the Arctic have meant increased melting, a process that feeds on itself: More exposed water speeds up the thaw. The consequences of climate change are under debate, but animals reliant on ice, from polar bears to polar microorganisms, will no doubt feel the change.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Ektachrome 100
Lens: 70-200mm f/2.8 with 1.4 extender
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Low evening light
Time of Day: 2 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Ambient light


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