Photo Project: Vanishing Land
Canada’s Arctic—including the Western Arctic, the region around photographer Weronika Murray’s home in Inuvik, Northwest Territories—is warming up twice as fast as the rest of the planet. One of the most visible consequences is the fast erosion of the Arctic coast caused by thawing permafrost, a shorter sea-ice season, more severe storms and a rising sea level, among other factors.
There are many other consequences that aren’t quite as easy to see. The erosion sends massive amounts of sediment into coastal waters, which in the long term may hurt marine life.
Northern communities are ground zero for climate change, and their residents must grapple with environmental changes before anyone else. This project, started in 2017, documents the effect of coastal erosion on the landscape, the flora, the fauna and the people of the Western Arctic.