The History of the World Written in Ice

Monday, 12 September 2016

“For seven years, Enel Green Power has participated in expeditions called ‘On the Trails of the Glaciers’, promoted by the Macromicro Association and guided by the photographer Fabiano Ventura.”

It’s a tour around the world, alongside a team of photographers and scientists that explore the vastest frozen areas of the Earth in order to evaluate their conditions and document the effects of global warming.

In the Tierra del Fuego

In 2016, Enel Green Power supported the expedition “On the Trails of the Glaciers”, which explored the southernmost and remotest regions of Latin America.

“Between February and March, the team of scientists and photographers travelled over a thousand kilometres between Chile and Argentina.”

© Fabiano Ventura

 “Andes 2016” is the story in pictures of the last sixty years of history of the untouched areas of the Tierra del Fuego and in the natural reserves of Patagonia, from the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile to Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina.

The expedition was on foot or by horse, with canoes and mountain bikes to go to remote locations, immortalised in the first half of the 1900s by the historic exploratory mission of Alberto Maria De Agostini, a Salesian priest, photographer and filmmaker.

Photographing climate change

Following in the footsteps of De Agostini, the team of photographers and scientists reached the exact positions the group of explorers did between 1910 and the mid 1950s, in order to take new photographs that allow them to compare and contrast the images from sixty years ago with the new photographs.

Repeat photography allows the comparison of historical and contemporary images obtained from the same vantage point: the result is a perfect overlapping with unbelievable communicative strength.

“Photographs of glaciers taken today, compared with those from the 1950s, show the effects of climate change in progress in an immediate way.”

Seven years “On the Trails of the Glaciers”

The trip to the Tierra del Fuego was the fourth edition of the “On the Trail of the Glaciers” expedition.

Since the first mission, we have participated in the work of Fabiano Ventura and of the teams that have accompanied him to explore and share the story of the Karakorum between Kashmir and China (2009), the Georgian Caucasus (2011) and Alaska (2013).

“Every mission enriches the valuable treasure of memory that helps us study the glaciers and the effects of climate change on the world’s large water reserves.”

Over the years, researchers, engineers and geologists have collected data in the field, satellite images and drone footage, all of which have made in-depth study and research on the evolution of climate change possible.

The archive created after the three previous expeditions has been enhanced by the images of the 2016 mission, it may be the most important documentation dedicated to the glaciers of the Earth through the technique of comparative photography.