Photos from the book ´Islands of the Arctic` by Julian Dowdeswell and Michael Hambrey.
The islands of the Arctic are one of Earth´s last wilderness regions, with beautiful mountains and glaciers, in which plants and animals live in delicate balance with their environment. The region also has had a long history of exploration and exploitation, and now is experiencing rapid and potentially damaging environmental change. Melting glaciers, reductions in sea ice cover, increased pollution will not only affect Arctic ecosystems, but the lives of everyone on planet Earth. The emphasis of this section of Glaciers online is on the western Arctic, notably Svalbard, Greenland and Axel Heiberg Island.