Chacaltaya Glacier

El Alto, Bolivia Melted 2009 The Chacaltaya Glacier melted away in 2009, six years earlier than scientists had anticipated, due to the increased pace of climate change. It was once the world’s highest ski resort. It was part of the Tuni Condioriri mountain glacier system which provides water for the people of El Alto and […]

Maltepe Süreyya Beach

Instanbul, Turkey Filled-in 1980s This was a beloved beach outside of Istanbul. The city approved plans to fill in the beach in 1976 and since the 1980s the little pavilion has been flanked by streets and traffic. This painting is based on an uncredited photograph. This was a meeting point for young people’s summer joy […]

Old Man of the Mountain

Franconia, New Hampshire, USA Collapsed 2003 For me the collapse of the Old Man of the Mountain represented a poignant intersection of historical and geologic time. The attempt to affix the human image to the landscape became in this case a demonstration of our impermanence as a species. Mark M. Here is an idea for […]

White Terraces

New Zealand Volcanic Eruption 1886 The Pink and White Terraces (Reo Māori: Te Otukapuarangi) on the edge of Rotomahana were one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most famous sites before the eruption of Tarawera in the 1800s. People used to visit from all over the world to sit in the thermal pools. The tourism industry at […]