It’s hot outside now, do you want a little coolness? Tripatom has a lot of it! Today we’ll show you 6 most beautiful and majestic glaciers in the world!
For a start, let’s understand what a glacier is. In simple words – it’s thousands of tons of snow and rainfall, multiplied by hundreds and thousands of years … Have you imagined that? So, here and now we are going to tell you about such huge rivers of ice. Let’s go!
Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina
The name sounds good, and the glacier itself isn’t only beautiful but also interesting for tourists. Do you know why? From time to time, it crosses the Lake Argentino, curved in the shape of L. When it reaches the opposite shore, it forms a natural dam that separates the lake into two parts. Thus, the water in the southern part of Argentina, losing the natural flow, can rise up to 30 meters in height in comparison of the main northern part of the lake. Of course, it cannot be done without the huge pressure exerted by the water, because in the end, it breaks the ice barrier that is holding it – this event happens on average once every 4-5 years, and it is an incredible sight.
Little Aktru, Altai, Russia
This glacier is interesting because of its lower part that falls at a steep angle, forming a real icefall. This slope is used for training novice climbers, as well as fees for qualifying their experienced colleagues. However, the area is dangerous because of the periodic avalanches.
Rongbuk, the Himalayas, the border of Nepal and China
Rongbuk takes its beginning not just from anywhere, but from the Mount Everest. Via these glacier climbers usually keep their way to so-called “the top of the world”. Moreover, in 8 km from it, if heading to the north, you will find the monastery with the same name, on the territory of which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Mount Everest.
This glacier is located in the western part of the island of Iceland; it is small, but quite well known. Firstly, because of the fact that the volcano Snæfell which lies under it is famous for being “the gates of the underworld”. In 1864, the writer Jules Verne chose Snæfellsjökull as a place for the adventure of his hero of the novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. Secondly, on the territory of the glacier the filming of the famous movie “Interstellar” was carried.
It is the largest glacier in continental Europe. From the majority of its counterparts, it differs not because it is supported by the low temperatures, but because an abundance of snowfall. See how majestic it is!
And for a dessert, we left one of the most beloved glaciers by us, magnificent and menacing Hubbard! Unlike the others, it has not diminished in the last century, but, on the contrary, continues to grow in size. His tongue abuts the Disenchantment Bay and Russell Fjord. In 1986, the glacier has grown so that it blocked this fjord, creating Lake Russell, but not for long – just six months, the water level in the lake rose by 25 meters and the dam was destroyed. It looks like the Perito Moreno, right? However, this phenomenon occurred only twice here, and if it happens the third time, there is a chance that the “lakes” water will find a way out on the other side – by the river Situk. And it’s scary – because of this, not only the natural habitat of valuable trout can be destroyed in the river, but also might seriously affect the local airport.
Another danger posed by Hubbard is a summer ice melt. At this time, huge, gigantic icebergs break off the glacier. In height, they can compete with the 10-storey house! You can agree there is something the vessels should be afraid.
Except for the last, all of these glaciers are melting fast – it is all the blame of the climate change on the planet. So find some time to visit them and enjoy truly magnificent creations of nature! And don’t forget to subscribe to our blog 😉