Jackson Glacier #2
Ian Van Coller (American; South African, b. 1970)
MediumArchival pigment print
DimensionsImage : 19 3/4 x 32 in. (50.17 x 81.28 cm)
Sheet : 21 3/4 x 34 in. (55.25 x 86.36 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelGlobal climate change is causing glaciers around the world to melt at an alarmingly rapid rate. Melting glaciers will eventually lead to a dramatic rise in sea levels, and will threaten the fresh water supplies of many countries. This photograph by artist Ian Van Coller belongs to a series that documents the disappearing glaciers in Glacier National Park in northern Montana. In 1880 there are estimated to have been approximately 150 glaciers within the area encompassed by the park. Because of global warming there are now only 25 glaciers remaining in the park, and by the middle of the 21st century there may be none. Melt water from the glaciers plays a critical role in the ecology of Montana and other western states, so the disappearance of the glaciers poses a severe ecological threat to the region.