Melting Away: A Ten-Year Journey through Our Endangered Polar Regions
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For ten years Camille Seaman has documented the rapidly changing landscapes of Earth's polar regions. As an expedition photographer aboard small ships in the Arctic and Antarctic, she has chronicled the accelerating effects of global warming on the jagged face of nearly fifty thousand icebergs. Seaman's unique perspective of the landscape is entwined with her Native American upbringing: she sees no two icebergs as alike; each responds to its environment uniquely, almost as if they were living beings. Through Seaman's lens, each towering chunk of ice—breathtakingly beautiful in layers of smoky gray and turquoise blue—takes on a distinct personality, giving her work the feel of majestic portraiture. Melting Away collects seventy-five of Seaman's most captivating photographs, lifeaffirming images that reveal not only what we have already lost, but more importantly what we still have that is worth fighting to save.
strange yet so wonderful about the sensation of our ship breaking through the ice. Part of my brain was thinking ice plus ship equals bad, but it was magical to watch my daughter’s expression as the ship bumped and scraped and ground through the ice. We all loved it. As a thank you for taking us to Svalbard, my boyfriend and I decided to take Kathan to Antarctica for Christmas the following year. My daughter was ﬁve as we journeyed across the Drake Passage in the same Norwegian ship. In August of
analyze how those obstacles might be overcome. We need you. We need your vision of what life can be, not just what it is. Creating a peaceful world on this beautiful planet has always been a collective effort. As a mother of a teenage girl, I know and have known since she was an infant that I must lead by example. Positive change happens faster, perhaps, when we cease being children looking to follow the examples set for us, and understand instead that examples of active change must start with
tourists all in love with or simply curious about these far ends of our extraordinary planet. I learned so much from the geologists, marine biologists, climatologists, ornithologists, historians, and captains and crew. It was an intensive hands-on education in very special parts of our world. The things I saw humbled me. I understood that very few humans might ever witness what I had the privilege to see, but I also knew that this privilege came with responsibility. I understood that I was
Lockroy Wiencke Island, Antarctica, February 2010 It was the instrumental use of sledge dogs by Roald Amundsen that made his team the ﬁrst to reach the South Pole in 1911. Eightythree years later, all dogs were removed from the Antarctic continent, decreed so by a protocol aiming to keep nonnative species and their possible diseases from affecting native ﬂora and fauna. This abandoned dog sledge is a reminder of the heroic age of expeditions on the continent. 58 59 60 Almost Obliterated
rather, a perpetual spring and summer. The idea of going somewhere cold had never excited me, but nonetheless, I decided I would go to Kotzebue. I chose this place because of its location on the Bering Strait well above the Arctic Circle, the home of the supposed Bering Land Bridge. As schoolchildren, we had been taught that during the last ice age the aboriginal peoples of the Americas had made their way from Siberia into the New World across this bridge. I was curious about this and decided I