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Baffin Island: Disappearing ice and climate evidence

INSTAAR scientist Giff Miller has been traveling to Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, nearly every summer for more than 40 years. His team of researchers and students study the landscape and ice cap left from the Pleistocene, now rapidly melting.

This summer, they walked the margins of melting glaciers, looking for dead plants emerging from the ice. Buried since the beginning of the last ice age, they hold direct evidence of past climates. The plant remnants, remarkably preserved for tens of thousands of years, have given key evidence for recent major studies. Findings include:

To dive deeper into Baffin Island research, see the Disappearing Ice project page or Giff's laboratory web site.

Most of the images are from photographer Matthew Kennedy of Earth Vision Trust, who accompanied the team to Baffin in summer 2013. Others are by the science team members. Together, this is what they saw.

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