For the Earth Day edition of the ‘So Very Glad I Saw it Before it Disappears’ File, here are a few shots I took in February of the Balmaceda Glacier in Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Just 15 years ago the ice was at a level even with the Seno Ultima Esperanza, or Last Hope Sound. For the rapidly retreating Balmaceda, all hope is gone.

Balmaceda Glacier, Southern Patagonian Ice Field, Chile, 08-Feb-2013

Balmaceda Glacier on 08-Feb-2013

Balmaceda Glacier, Southern Patagonian Ice Field, Chile, 08-Feb-2013

Balmaceda Glacier, 08-Feb-2013

Related: check out this time-lapse footage released in late 2011 by researchers in Chile showing the dramatic retreat of the Jorge Montt Glacier, like Balmaceda, also located in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.