Extreme Ice at MSI is Both Beautiful and Scary

Be prepared to face the effects of climate change and learn how you can help fight it at the Museum of Science and Industry's "Extreme Ice."

James Balog, Earth Vision Institute.

Be prepared to face the effects of climate change and learn how you can help fight it at the Museum of Science and Industry’s “Extreme Ice.”

James Balog, photographer and founder of the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), and his team have been capturing the massive changes happening at many of the world’s glacier sites through high-definition, time-lapse footage. At “Extreme Ice” not only will you be able to view the breathtaking footage, but see some of the intense gear needed to capture it,  and learn how you can help fight climate change through various interactive tools.

Entering “Extreme Ice” you’ll be met by a short video where you’ll see some of these glaciers receding in action. There are 200,000 known glaciers in the world and most of them have been receding due to warming temperatures and in turn causing sea levels to rise. EIS has been recording 24 of those glaciers and capturing the recessions and the calvings—this is when a piece of the glacier breaks off into an iceberg that can be as big as Chicago. In the exhibit you’ll see beautiful photos from the Mount Kilimanjaro ice field,  Alaska’s Columbia Glacier,  Mont Blanc in the French Alps,  Greenland moulins, and others.

Along with the photographs and footage, you can see and touch a real seven-foot ice wall, interact with maps showing the potential flooding in coastal cities around the world, see how warming temperatures can affect Chicago, and learn carbon reducing tips. Some of the engineering needed to capture the footage is also impressive, so make sure not to miss some of the clothing the photographers wore along with the camera housings they created in order to capture the footage.


“Extreme Ice” is on view at the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. Admission to the exhibit is included in the museum’s admission, which is $18 for adults and $11 for kids ages 3-11. For tickets and more information visit msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/exhibits/extreme-ice.

Written By Joel Mora

Joel Mora is editor at Concierge Preferred. Born and raised in Miami, Fl., Joel has slowly ate, drank, and explored his way up north refining all his senses to prepare for the stampede of delicious dining, notorious nightlife, stellar shopping, and captivating culture that calls Chicago home. In the wild he’ll be the red-bearded Cuban with a Lagunitas IPA in his hand.

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