Awe-Inspiring Antarctica, Up Close

Photographer shows effects of climate change on a fragile part of the world.

Antarctica: A Call to Action

Antarctica
Photo: A seal in endangered Antarctica.
Photo: Sebastian Copeland in Antarctica.
Pic: Antarctica is at risk due to global warming.
Photo: Ice floe near Melchior Island, Antarctica.
Photo:  Antarctica has warmed by 4.5 degrees since 1945.
Photo: Old icebergs eventually get weathered by the elements.
Photo: Whales in Antarctica.
Photo: Antarctica.
Pic: Antarctica is at risk due to global warming.
The light hangs for hours in the stillness of the night as chunks of ice float silently by the hull -- the result of calving glaciers and breaking icebergs caused by the mild temperatures. The high salt content of the Antarctica waters and its near-freezing temperature gives water there a higher density. It is not unusual to experience such mirrored stillness, making if difficult for even a light breeze to create texture on its surface. The still waters reflect the stormy skies but, always, a band of light on the horizon. Nekko Bay, Antarctica, 2006. (Sebastian Copeland)
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