By Mike Jones
These shocking images reveal the ugly truth of climate change, where glaciers in Alaska have melted within five years.
Larry Pannell, 56, a photojournalist has been travelling around the world the globe for nine years- he started spending his summers on cruise ships to Alaska, to see the glaciers.
During his last trip he compared images of the ‘Inside Passage’ he took in the past and was shocked to realise the massive difference in the amount of ice.
Larry said: “Although I have witnessed the retreat of many glaciers it is hard to notice the difference when you visit year after year.
“That changed this year when for the first time in seven years I returned to the Sawyer Glacier.
“To say I was shocked is an understatement of what I felt as the ship came to rest several hundred yards away from its face, it was a shadow of its former self.
“We visit the Sawyer every week and there has been a number of weeks that we could not approach the glacier safely with the amount of ice in the water.
“Easily almost half of the glacier had disappeared, and the images were a mere three years apart.
“Returning to my cabin I took my book on Alaska off the shelf and began to compare before and after shots.
“My heart broke, it ached, and my eyes began to tear as I realised two thirds of the Sawyer Glacier had disappeared over a seven-year period.
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