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1 December, 2008

Glacier Photograph Collection Doubles; 10,000 Images Available

The online NSIDC Glacier Photograph Collection has doubled in size since January 2008, with more than 10,000 high-resolution photographs of glaciers worldwide available for free. Notable additions include:

Before-and-after photographs of Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand. The unknown photographer captured images of the glacier from the same location between 1951 and 1964. The photographs show the glacier changing through time.

More than 300 terrestrial photographs of Arapaho Glacier in Boulder, Colorado, United States of America. Photographer Junius Henderson, first director of the University of Colorado Natural History Museum, took seventy of the photographs between 1902 and 1922. Henry Waldrop collected the photographs for his 1962 University of Colorado at Boulder Department of Geology thesis research on the glacier.

Hundreds of aerial vertical and oblique photographs of United States glaciers. Photographers Austin Post, Robert Krimmel, and others captured these photographs between the late 1950s and the early 1990s for the United States Geological Survey Ice and Climate Project. NSIDC believes this is the most comprehensive photographic collection and study of United States glaciers to date.

The Glacier Photograph Collection is supported by the NOAA Climate Data Modernization Program and the National Geophysical Data Center. Browse and order photographs from the Glacier Photograph Collection at Members of the general public, please contact NSIDC User Services at with questions; journalists, please contact the NSIDC Press Office at +1 303 492.1497.

"The glacier story is always changing, but it can be caught and preserved with the proper use of a camera."
—A. E. Harrison

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Pair of photos showing receding mountain glacier
Repeat photography of glaciers such as Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand shows how
glaciers can change through time; 1951 (left) and 1964 (right). Browse and order these and other photographs from the Glacier Photograph Collection.

—Credit: NSIDC Glacier Photograph Collection; Franz Josef Glacier, photogapher unknown; 1951 (left) and 1964 (right)