That photo above is of water from a river in Iceland. It’s part of photographer Edward Burtynsky’s series on Water. He introduces it this way:

“While trying to accommodate the growing needs of an expanding, and very thirsty civilization, we are reshaping the Earth in colossal ways.”

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And while he has visited Iceland and British Columbia to photograph water sources, most of his photos are of places where people use and abuse water — places where water is scarce; places where humans have tried to control water in canals or dams or wells; agricultural fields and aqua cultural expanses; waterfronts; the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon spills. His photographs can look like abstract paintings, but the impacts they’re documenting are very real:

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