Hi everyone, first of all a Happy New Year to you all. I hope 2014 is a prosperous and successful year for you.
Hearing about the immense snowfall in the US over the past few weeks has had two effects on me: first, I’ve become increasingly annoyed with the endless rain here in the UK and second, it’s inspired me to blog this very post.
Freezing winter temperatures lead to the expansion of most our planet’s glaciers. Sheer walls of ice & snow, these glaciers can be both unexpected and utterly beautiful.
So here’s my showcase of 5 stunning glaciers for you to enjoy:
#1 – Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland
Translating as ‘Glacier of Rivers’, Vatnajökull is a vast and voluminous glacier covering almost 8% of Iceland’s landmass. The Jökulsárlón (a large glacial lake) is at the centre of this glacier, connecting a sea of floating icebergs to the sea.
#2 – Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
Almost 30km long, the Perito Moreno Glacier is the third largest source of fresh water around the world today and attracts thousands of tourists each year. Tourists come particularly to see the process of calving in which large chunks of ice break off into Lake Argentino – worrying evidence of Global Warming.
#3 – Canada Glacier, Antarctica
Located in the Taylor Valley in Antarctica, the ecosystem around Canada Glacier in technically a desert, receiving only 10cm of snow each year. The glacier was initially discovered and named during Captain Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition.
#4 – Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Many visitors to New Zealand’s South Island will often visit the country’s two most famous glaciers: Franz Josep and Fox. These glaciers are unique given the fact they descend from the Southern Alps to less than 300 metres above sea level, to a greenery temperate rainforest.
#5 – Jostedalsbreen Glacier, Norway
Covering 487 square kilometres and nearly thick in parts, the Jostedalsbreen Glacier is the largest in Continental Europe. Due to rising temperatures, vast parts of the glacier are receding and have become dangerous for tourists.
Thanks for reading my first post of 2014! I look forward to your comments below!