NASA has an impressive gallery of images that visualize the transcendental pace of climate and anthropogenic change for different areas. Below we show you some of the graphic comparisons of various phenomena that have occurred in glaciers and ice around the world.


Strange snowfalls on the edge of the Sahara desert


December 19, 2016 – December 27, 2016. A rarity in the Algerian area, Ain Sefra.

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Early breakdown of sea ice in the Beaufort Sea, Arctic

April 13, 2015 – April 15, 2016. Very early significant fractures, attributed to unusually warm temperatures.

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Melting Northwestern Glacier, Alaska

Winter to early summer 1920-1940 – August 12, 2005. During the last 60 to 80 years between photographs, the Northwestern Glacier retreated about 10 kilometers.

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Vavilov Ice Sheet Glacier Accelerates

July 1, 2013 – June 24, 2018. A glacier on the edge of the Vavilov Ice Sheet in the Russian Arctic had crawled into the Kara Sea a couple of inches per day. But it went into overdrive in 2014, traveling up to 25 meters per day in late 2015.

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Melting of the Imja glacier, Himalaya

Fall, circa 1956 – October 18, 2007. Lake Imja threatens to flood communities downstream if its natural dam gives way.

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Shrinking ice sheet of Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland

September 16, 1986 – September 20, 2014. Most of the glaciers monitored have shrunk since the 1990s, including Sólheimajökull.

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Jorge Montt Glacier Retreat and HPS1 in Patagonia, Chile

September 18, 1986 – August 5, 2002. The 1986 image shows the region before a major retreat of the glaciers. The 2002 image shows a nearly 10-kilometer retreat from the Jorge Montt glacier at the bottom picture.

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Ice avalanche in the Aru mountain range of Tibet

June 24, 2016 – July 21, 2016. The collapse of a glacial tongue, a glacier surge. Nine people in the remote village of Dungru were killed along with their herds of 350 sheep and 110 yaks. The largest ice avalanche ever recorded.

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Melting of the Helheim Glacier, Greenland

May 12, 2001 – June 19, 2005. Fjord in which the Helheim Glacier is crumbling into large and small icebergs.

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Sea ice coverage in the Arctic reaches a record low

1984 – 2012. Approximately 12% loss of sea ice per decade since the late 1970s.

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We need to understand that climate change is a global challenge, which requires the cooperation of all nations in order to mitigate its consequences.

Source: Images of Change, NASA. Link