David Breashears created this composite image in the spring of 2012 as part of Glacier Works' effort to document the response of glaciers to a changing climate. Click on it to enter the rarefied air of the high Himalayas and to play a rousing game of "spot-the-climber".
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Alex Wild is Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books and media outlets.