The World’s Most Stunning Glaciers

May 7, 2013
Stunning Glaciers

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With their endless expanses of snow, blue ice, and crystal clear surfaces, glaciers are an incredibly breathtaking natural wonder. If you’re looking for a less poetic way to describe them, these astonishing bodies of icy mass are essentially large bodies of ice formed over centuries, when the accumulation of snow exceeds its ablation (melting and sublimation).

A combination of weight and gravity cause the glacier to deform and move, also creating crevasses, seracs, and other distinguishing features. At least 48 countries worldwide are said to contain glaciers, here are five of the most impressive ones.

Stunning Glaciers: Baltoro Glacier, Pakistan

At 62 kilometers long, the Baltoro Glacier is one of the largest glaciers outside the polar regions (the frigid zones surrounding the Earth’s poles). The melting water from the glacier creates the area’s Shigar river.

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A Gorgeous Glacial Trek

February 8, 2013

Glacier Trekking Perito Moreno

Shot in Argentina’s Perito Merino, the monolithic glacier featured is one of the Patagonia region’s main draws and the third largest reserve of fresh water in the world. It doesn’t stop there, though–or for that matter, at all. THe glacier is also one of only three Patagonian glaciers that is growing for reasons experts cannot determine.

The Stunning Glacier Resting Atop A Rainforest

April 22, 2012

New Zealand Glacier

A truly unique sight to behold, New Zealand’s Franz Josef Glacier descends from the Southern Alps and into the lush temperate rainforest found throughout the country.