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Photographing Asia's Big-Time Meltdown

In 2004, Jonas Bendiksen became the youngest member of the prestigious Magnum photo agency, at age 27. His career began when he was even younger.

"Generally," he once said in an interview, "whenever the big events are flying, and everyone's sort of moving in that one direction... I like to hop on a bike and go the other direction." At 20, he picked up from London, where he'd been interning at Magnum, and headed to the remote areas of Russia. Since then, he has published two books, won numerous awards, and photographed for National Geographic magazine — including a story this month's special water-themed issue.

Bendiksen's feature, "The Big Melt," focuses on the ripple effect of drastic glacial melting in the heart of Asia: drought it some regions, flooding in others. Water is a lifeline for millions of people in these regions, and the changing climate is changing their lives.

Mount Everest's East Rongbuk Glacier lost nearly 350 vertical feet of ice between 1921 (top) and 2008. Panoramas by Maj. E. O. Wheeler/Royal Geographic Society (above), David Breashears (below) hide caption

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Panoramas by Maj. E. O. Wheeler/Royal Geographic Society (above), David Breashears (below)

View more of Bendiksen's photo story on, or check out more photos from the Magnum archive.

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