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Vanishing Ice Photograph by Melissa Farlow and Randy Olson
Outfitted for a day of ice climbing, students test their skills on a glacier named the Mer de Glace, or Sea of Ice—one of the largest glaciers in the Alps. It extends eight miles (12 kilometers) on the northern side of Mont Blanc near Chamonix, France. Like other glaciers throughout the Alps, this one is receding. If current trends hold, scientists predict that 50 to 80 percent of remaining Alpine glaciers could vanish by 2100.
Camera: Canon EOS 20D Film Type: Digital Lens: 16mm Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Cloudy Time of Day: Afternoon Lighting Techniques: Available light