Photographer recreates 1918 photo to show 100 years of glacial retreat
A photographer has recreated a 1918 photo of a glacier to highlight how much it has disappeared over the past century.
In a viral post on Reddit, photographer Neil Drake shared a photo he took that shows how the Blomstrandbreen glacier, located in a bay on Svalbard, an island in the far north of Norway, s is removed. Mr Drake also shared another photograph taken around the same time of year in 1918.
Talk to NewsweekDrake explained that in the original photo, you can tell it’s summer because it’s daytime and in winter it’s total darkness in the Arctic. “Secondly, the fjords are frozen almost all year round. You can only access them by boat in the summer when the sea ice is melting. Thirdly, the mountain peaks in the original photo have no snow on them, which would only be the case during the height of the hottest summer months.” he said.
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Mr Drake added that the comparison between the two images of the Blomstrandbreen Glacier is one of the most dramatic he has ever seen. “I knew I was part of something bigger than just taking a picture. It was part of making sure people had these important conversations about how we’re impacting the climate,” he told the media.
Additionally, the photographer said the photos were meant to make people feel uncomfortable. He noted that some of the comments on Reddit said the post had “ruined” their day. “That’s why I posted it. To make people think ‘Okay, maybe this stuff on climate change gets read,'” Mr Drake added.
According Newsweek, rising temperatures due to greenhouse gas emissions are causing sea ice and glaciers around the world to retreat at an unprecedented rate. Arctic sea ice is melting at a rate of nearly 13% every decade, and the oldest and thickest ice in the Arctic has also shrunk by 95% over the past 30 years.
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Quoting the World Wide Fund for Nature, the outlet reported that if emissions continue to rise unchecked, the Arctic could be ice-free by 2040, which could lead to real-world consequences such as sea level rise. of the sea, flooding in coastal communities and the extinction of animals. Humans could also be affected by food shortages, heat waves and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns.