Wildlife Photographer, Mark Seth Lender

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This is your chance to see the Greenland ice cap up close and personal without going there. Photographer, Mark Seth Lender, of Clinton, Connecticut went there for you, well for his work anyway, and captured these amazing photos.

Lender specializes in wildlife photos working for Living On Earth.

Lender, mapped the ice cap, which is about 110,000 years old with his lens. He told me the experience was amazing.

“We crossed from Greenland out through Davis, straight across the Hudson Straight, and we then simply couldn’t get in. Most of the places we wanted to go to, there was so much ice that had broken away so quickly. A couple boats tried, they got stuck. When I left they were waiting for ice breakers,” said Lender. “It’s occasionally loud, it’s the shearing off, it’s a crack, the concussion of this huge piece of ice hitting water. When you’re at a glacial front and that must cause a huge ripple in the water, you don’t want to get too close.”

“The sound of the sheet in places melting, it’s not the sheet that you hear. You’ll hear water rushing out from underneath, the rate of melt. But the icebergs themselves, because they are made from snowfall and are rolling down mountains and rolling off the Greenland ice sheet, which gain all snowfall ice, are compressed under their own weight. But because of the structure of a snowflake, they capture a lot of air and so that air is still trapped within the blue ice. And, as the icebergs break off and they melt underneath when they meet the warmer sea water, they release that ancient atmosphere which can be tens of thousand of years old,” said Lender.

For more information, visit Lender’s website at http://marksethlender.com/.