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Future of Ice?
Photograph by David McLain

In the spring icebergs calve and drift in the frigid waters of Smith Sound, just off Kiatak Island. In winter and early spring hunters traverse the frozen sound by dogsled, but in recent years the sea ice has been thinner and less stable, and the spring melt has come unusually early, limiting their ability to find game. Scientists point to a combination of causes for the Arctic's disappearing sea ice—including a change in ocean wave patterns and global warming. They predict that, if trends continue, summer sea ice may completely disappear by the end of the century.


Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/1.4

Weather Conditions: Clear and -40ºF
(-40ºC)
Time of Day: Twilight
Lighting Techniques: Available light
Special Equipment or Comments: I shot this from a really expensive seat in a privately chartered helicopter. The helicopter service only took cash, and I literally had to give them a backpack full of it.

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