World renowned nature photographer James Balog was something of a skeptic when it came to the concept of global warming. But when he had the opportunity to accompany a team of scientists and shoot in some of the world’s most dangerous polar regions, his tune decidedly changed. Extreme Ice follows Balog and team as they utilize timelapse photography – cameras shooting at one frame per daylight hour over the course of three years – as part of a comprehensive study of the cryosphere. The images revealed are beautiful yet undeniably troubling, as collapsing glaciers and shattering ice sheets signal the impending arrival of a most unwelcome future.
Partners: National Geographic Television for Nova (PBS) & National Geographic Channels International, distributed by NGTI
Length: 1 x 52 minutes
Aired: Late March, 2009 (Nova)
Rights available: All worldwide excluding U.S.