Alaska: Land of Water and Ice

Season 1: Episode 6

  • 6m
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  • TV-G

Take a humble snowflake, build it up over millions of years, and you end up with the chiseled glaciers that line the southeastern coast of Alaska. They appear inevitable, but the formula is precise: summers need to be short enough to turn the gathered snow into layers of ice, and winters cold enough to protect their gains. And just as climate fashions their rise, climate change can orchestrate their demise. Some, such as Mendenhall glacier, are already losing 170 feet per year. Who knows if they’ll still be with us 200 years from today?