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Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Himalaya

During the past century, many glaciers of the Greater Himalaya have been in retreat. Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya will reveal the dramatic glacial melt through stunning photography taken by mountaineer and filmmaker, David Breashears, and include artifacts and displays relating to the local inhabitants of the region.

Like his predecessors from earlier times, David Breashears has endured hardships, and pushed available technologies to record images of the region. Over the course of his thirty-two year mountain climbing career, Breashears has come to know the region as few others have. “I want to share my knowledge,” says Breashears, who views the Rivers of Iceexhibition as an opportunity to trigger public dialogue as scientists and policymakers work to better understand the glaciers’ potential impact on the fresh water supply in Asia, and on global environmental issues in general.

New tools and techniques are being developed to answer extremely complex and difficult questions about water supply, hydrology, and the scientific data gathering process, all of which contribute to better understanding exactly what is happening to the glaciers of the Greater Himalaya.

The exhibition at the MIT Museum, a related symposium being organized by the Cambridge Science Festival, and other talks and lectures throughout 2012, will provide insight to some of the most groundbreaking environmental research currently taking place, and offer the general public the opportunity to engage with scientists and researchers.

Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalayas, in the Thomas Peterson ’57 Gallery at the MIT Museum, is a collaboration between the MIT Museum, GlacierWorks, and the Asia Society, and has been designed by Thinc Design. This exhibition has been funded in part by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Farvue Foundation.

The exhibit is open from April 13, 2012 to March 17, 2013

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