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This video was filmed on November 15, 2012 as part of the National Geographic Live! Lecture series at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Photographer Paul Nicklen uses his camera to reveal the nature of a world melting away under human-induced global warming. "I call myself an interpreter and a translator," says Nicklen. "I translate what the scientists are telling me. If we lose ice, we stand to lose an entire ecosystem. I hope we can realize through my photography how interconnected these species are to ice. It just takes one image to get someone's attention."
Whether he is ice diving among leopard seals in Antarctica, covering hundreds of miles of terrain in minus 40°F temperatures, or mastering aerial shots from his ultralight plane, Paul Nicklen has specialized in photographing polar regions since 1995.
- Photographing narwhals (start-0:27 min.)
- The opportunity of a photographer's lifetime: a bowhead whale appears (0:28-1:16 min.)
- A bowhead whale's lifetime (1:17-1:43 min.)
- Current threats: the loss of sea ice (1:44-2:19 min.)
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Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry climate change Noun
gradual changes in all the interconnected weather elements on our planet.
Encyclopedic Entry: climate change hypothermia Noun
potentially deadly condition in which an organism's body temperature drops.
Industrial Revolution Noun
change in economic and social activities, beginning in the 18th century, brought by the replacement of hand tools with machinery and mass production.
marine mammal Noun
an animal that lives most of its life in the ocean but breathes air and gives birth to live young, such as whales and seals.
large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: ocean sea ice Noun
layer of frozen ocean water that forms in the Arctic and Antarctic.
industry of hunting whales.