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'Extreme Ice' presents cold, hard facts about global warming
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
2017-04-11

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If there's a message with the new Museum of Science and Industry exhibit "Extreme Ice" ( which launched March 23 ), it's that global warming is real.

In the exhibit, photographer James Balog has captured thought-provoking ( and jaw-dropping ) images over a multi-year period that showcase the dramatic extent of melting glaciers around the world. Through photographic documentation and time-lapse videography of these glaciers, Extreme Ice provides guests an emotionally visual representation of limate change. ( For example, the Grinnell Glacier has shrunk 90 percent since 1910. At current warming rates, it and all other similar formations in Montana's Glacier National Park will disappear by 2030. )

Balog is the founder and director of the Earth Vision Institute and Extreme Ice Survey ( EIS ), a wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers. "Extreme Ice" features the EIS team's global documentation of glacier melt—alongside other hands-on interactive and informative elements ( including a wall of ice that people can touch )—to illustrate what is happening around the world at a rapid rate.

"Extreme Ice" will run through early 2019 at the museum, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. Other current exhibits include "U-505 Submarine," "Great White Shark," "All Aboard the Silver Streak: Pioneer Zephyr" and the LEGO-centered "Brick By Brick."

See MSIChicago.org .


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