“And I took a seat in the grandstand of philosophical detachment to fall asleep observing the cannibals do their death dance.”
― Eugene O'Neill, The Iceman Cometh.
There is something about cold, icy weather which has the power to conjure feelings of misery and despair. That being said, snow and ice can also be beautiful, calming, and inspirational. Perhaps the best example of awesome, icy phenomena with the power to both intimidate and inspire is the galcier. Because of climate change, many of the world's glaciers have disappeared, and many more are under threat. It is crucial that everything that can be done to learn from and save these amazing ice edifices is done before it's too late.
With that in mind, let us take a look at 10 of the most iconic glaciers in the world (at the time of writing).
1) Oooh Margerie!
With a length of 34 KM, the Margerie Glacier is one of the largest in the world. A major tourist attraction, it is located in the Glacier Bay Park in Alaska, USA.
2) Furtwängler Under Threat
Sitting near the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the Furtwängler Glacier is one of the world's most iconic ice features. Sadly, it has been rapidly retreating, and it is feared that by 2020 it might be completely gone. Already, 82% of the glacial ice has disappeared.
3) Proud Perito
Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier sits 48 miles from the town of El Calafate in the Los Glaciares National Park. Being relatively accessible it is a popular tourist attraction. It is also the third largest reserve of fresh water in the world. The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of three major Patagonian glaciers, and it is 30 km in length.
4) Gigantic Gangotri
Gangotri is one of the biggest glaciers in the Himalayas. It is also the site of a major Hindu pilgrimage. The Gangotri Glacier is located in the Uttarakhand region of India, very close to China. This incredible Indian giant is approximately 30 km long and has an estimated volume of over 27 cubic kilometres. It feeds into the river Ganges, another holy site for Hindus.
5) Pride of Pamir
The Fedchenko Glacier in the Pamir Mountains of Central Asia is one of the biggest glaciers in the world. Located in Tajikistan, it stretches a formidable 77 km in length. This long, thin glacier is named after Alexei Pavlovich Fedchenko, a Russian explorer (but not the discoverer of the glacier).
6) Big 'Ol Biafo
Stretching for 67 km in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, Biafo is one of the longest glaciers in the world outside the Polar Regions. It serves as a kind of highway between the mountain kingdoms of Nagar in the west and Baltistan in the east. The area is home to Snow Leopards and Himalayan Brown Bears.
7) Fantastic Mr Fox
The Fox and Franz Josef Glacier are located in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park of South Island, New Zealand. They both descend from the Southern Alps to a lush, temperate rainforest, and are major tourist attractions providing many breathtaking views. The Fox Glacier is 13 km long, and at 12 km the Franz Josef Glacier is slightly shorter.
8) A Veritable Viking
Located in Western Norway is the Jostedalsbreen Glacier, the biggest glacier in Europe. With a length of roughly 60 km, it is one of the longest glaciers in the world outside Polar Regions. The glacial region receives high snowfall all throughout the winter, and presents visitors with many awesome views.
9) The Third Pole
Nicknamed "the Third Pole", the Siachen Glacier is located near the line of Control between India and Pakistan, in the Karakoram Mountain Range. With a whopping length of 76 km it is the longest glacier in the world in the non-polar region. Siachen is truly an ice giant, containing more than two trillion cubic feet of ice, and boasting 45 peaks which rise to 18000 feet.
10) Ja Das Ist Gut!
Located within the Hohe Tauern mountain range in Austria, the Pasterze Glacier is one of Europe's finest. Stretching for over 8 KM (at the time of writing), the Pasterze Glacier is the biggest in Austria and the Eastern Alps. However, the glacier is shrinking and sadly has been reduced to half of its volume since it was first measured in 1851.
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