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Here are 14 amazing and beautiful ice formations around the world and you won't believe these extreme frozen things are actually real
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7. THE PASTERZE GLACIER, AUSTRIA
Classified as one of Austria’s largest glaciers, the Pasterze Glacier is nestled at the bottom of the country’s largest mountain called the Grossglockner Mountain. The glacier is a relatively popular area for tourists to visit as it’s located near the equally popular lakeside resort called Zell am See. This is one of the easier glaciers to hike as the visitor’s center is near the Grossglocknerstrasse mountain road. This glacier won’t be around forever as each year it’s believed that the glacier recedes a staggering 33 feet each year so visit it if you get the chance to.
6. THE FOX AND FRANZ JOSEF GLACIERS, NEW ZEALAND
These two glaciers are considered to be unique thanks to their low altitude. They lie only less than 300 meters above sea level surrounded by all the contrasting greenery of the temperate rainforest, instead of being situated on the tall rocks of a mountain peak, like most glaciers. These glaciers also happen to lead directly into the Waiho River. Even though the two of these glaciers aren’t melting at such an alarming rate as some of the other glaciers previously mentioned, it is estimated that up to 38 percent of their mass will disappear by the year 2100.
5. THE QUELCCAYA ICE CAP GLACIER, PERU
Quelccaya happens to be one of the largest ice caps in all of the tropics region. Ironically, it’s also shrinking at a rate of more than 600 feet each year and many experts believe that it will be entirely gone by the year 2100. With it’s rapidly contracting rate, it’s definitely visiting now rather than later. Once, there you’ll be taken on a 3-day expedition that spans from Cusco to the glacier, led by the Ayni-Peru travel agency, the journey could prove difficult because of the altitude and the weather.
4. GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA, USA
It was back in 1850 that the region that now makes up Glacier National Park had 150 glaciers that were active. At its most recent count to date, the area now only has 35 named glaciers that are present and only 25 of them are still classified as active. It’s worth seeing those that still exist while it’s still possible. But time is of the essence. The Sperry glacier once covered almost 800 acres of land back in 1901 and more than 100 years later the same glacier now covers less than 250 acres today. Even though it’s receded a large amount, it’s still spectacular to view and the park gives some scenic hiking routes.
3. THE BRIKSDALSBREEN GLACIER
Briksdalsbreen, which translates to the Briksdal glacier in English, is one of the most reachable glaciers of the Jostedalsbreen glacier. Briksdalsbreen can be found sitting in the municipality of Stryn in Sogn Og Fjordane county, Norway. The size of the waterfall not only relies on the area’s temperature, but it’s also strongly influenced by the amount of precipitation that the area receives. Throughout the years, the glacier has seen a drop in mass as little snow has fallen thanks to the warmer summers such as in 2010. It’s predicted that eventually, the glacier will detach from the larger glacier Jostedalsbreen as it’s becoming more and more narrow each year.
2. THE EQI GLACIER, GREENLAND
Greenland happens to be the second major area on earth that holds a lot of the planet’s glacial ice. Greenland has become quite popular in recent years thanks to the glacial ice that's making them a great destination for tourists. One of the most favored glaciers is the Eqi glacier. Astonishingly, it’s one of the most active glaciers in Greenland, which is quite rare considering that instead of receding it’s actually still advancing. Because of this, the glacier ends up carving and dropping large chunks of ice into the water.
1. THE ANTARCTIC GLACIERS
Did you know that Antarctic holds 99% of all the glacial ice in the world? Yup, along with Greenland of course. So, of course, it’s no surprise that some of the most amazing glaciers ever to be seen can be found here. Unfortunately, the ice has been rapidly melting, so much so, that it’s estimated that approximately 160 billion tons of ice a year melts and can’t be replaced. Recently, the area is becoming more and more popular with visiting tourists and the operators are teaching them about being environmentally responsible and conscious about minimizing their carbon impact. Tourists can even try kayaking expeditions and visit the local Emperor penguins.