The melting of glaciers in Greenland sometimes has a very picturesque view.
Every summer, when the air warms up and the sunlight poured on ice covers of Greenland and Antarctica, on a white surface formed lake brilliant blue meltwater.
This stunningly beautiful landscape is both terrifying. Over the past few decades the rate of melting has increased significantly, but those dark-blue lakes occupy a large part of the ice sheet.
These pictures were taken by photographer Timo Lieber, documented natural phenomenon.
“I’ve always had a passion for ice, says Lieber in an interview with The Guardian. “I’ve been to Iceland seven or eight times, and Arctic Norway and Greenland. The contribution of Greenland to global sea level rise is about three times bigger than Antarctica. I saw how quickly scenes change and decided to transfer the process in photographs”.
Timo Lieber was flying over the vast icy landscape of Greenland in a small twin-engine plane. The pilot gently turned the plane, allowing Liberia to take pictures through a tiny hole in the window.
“Image is deliberately abstract,” said Lieber. “I didn’t mean that they were documentary photographs. You have to really look to find the little hidden details that can help you to understand the real picture of what is happening. These landscapes are stunningly beautiful, but at the same time terrifying, as are the processes of climate change in its worst manifestation. My favourite is similar to the eye of the lake. This blue semi-circle symbolizes global warming, which if it looks at You.”
Melt ponds play an important role in the birth of small icebergs. In the process of melting formed cracks in the ice, what more says Robert Simmon from the NASA Observatory:
“Crevasses deliver water deep into the ice sheet, sometimes even to the base of the cliff, where the water lubricates the lowest layers of ice. Oiled ice is moving faster towards the ocean, forming a large number of icebergs. The final result — a big loss in ice mass, which would be significantly smaller without affecting flow of melt water.”
Full collection of photos Timo Lieber called “Thaw”, will be available for viewing in London from 20 to 24 February.
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