15 Most Breathtaking Glaciers in the World
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Grey Glacier, Chile
Situated in the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, Grey Glacier has a total area of a little over 104 square miles with a length spanning about 17.4 miles, according to measurements taken in 1996. The glacier lives up to its name: Its grey-brown hues are the result of the soil and rock debris it accumulates as it flows downhill.
Jostedalsbreen Glacier, Norway
Stretching approximately 50 miles and covering 183 square miles, Jostedalsbreen Glacier is the largest glacier in all of Europe. This massive glacier stores enough fresh water to fill 300,000,000,000 bathtubs; that could supply Norway with water for over a century. Don’t miss these other stunningly colorful natural wonders on Earth.
Columbia Glacier, Alaska
Located in southeastern Alaska, Columbia Glacier descends from an ice field 10,000 feet above sea level, down the sides of the Chugach Mountains, and into Prince William Sound. This gorgeous tidewater glacier was first discovered in 1794. However, its nose, or terminus, has retreated more than 12 miles in the past three decades. As a result, the glacier has significantly thinned and lost about half of its total thickness and volume since the 1980s. In fact, “this one glacier accounts for nearly half of the ice loss in the Chugach Mountains,” according to NASA scientists.
Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, Greenland
Moving about 131 feet every single day, Sermeq Kujalleq is the fastest-moving glacier brook on earth. Every year, Sermeq Kujalleq calves around 11 cubic miles of ice and produces a tenth of all of Greenland’s icebergs; the largest bergs measure up to 0.36 cubic miles. According to Greenland scientists, “An iceberg of this size could supply the population of Denmark with water for almost seven years.” By the way, you need to see these unreal deep-sea photos from around the world.
Rhône Glacier, Switzerland
Nestled amongst the Swiss Alps, the Rhône Glacier is the source of the Rhône River and the primary water supply for nearby Lake Geneva. Perhaps one of the most magical aspects of the Rhône Glacier are the tunnels and chambers within. While the outside of the glacier appears to be a hue of whitish-grey, a 328-foot tunnel and ice chamber below glows breathtaking shades of blue. As is the case with most glaciers, the Rhône is shrinking: The glacier retreats about 98 to 131 feet every year. Now, you’ll want to see the most gorgeous rock formations around the world.