Freezing temperatures and precipitation mix to create one of nature’s most impressive art forms. Found from Mexico to the Himalayas, from East Africa to Tierra del Fuego, glaciers exist in various forms and colors — ice caps, ice fields, ice sheets, ice shelves, and ice streams in all shades of blue and white.
99% of the glacial ice on Earth is found within the ice sheets in our polar regions. What about the remaining 1%? They’re scattered around every continent but Australia.
Unfortunately, the majority of glaciers have been receding rapidly since 1850 due to global temperature changes. Check out 30 of the most picturesque glaciers around the planet to find your inspiration and get going before they disappear.
The Kaskawulsh Glacier flows into the Yukon Territory’s Kluane Lake, with 80% of the glacier’s meltwater reaching the lake. The remaining 20% flows into the Pacific Ocean via the Kaskawulsh and Alsek Rivers.
Part of the South Patagonian Ice Field and found in Torres del Paine National Park, the Grey Glacier (seen from space in the image above) flows into Grey Lake. The glacier measures 30 meters high and six kilometers wide.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, Alaska’s Margerie Glacier is a tidewater glacier that measures 21 miles long. A study of Glacier Bay’s geology reported that the glacier contains significant copper deposits.
Icelandic for “island mountain glacier,” Eyjafjallajökull is one of Iceland’s smaller ice caps, which covers the caldera of a volcano (often resulting in the glacier being covered in ash). The volcano last erupted in 2010.
The Ngozumpa Glacier is the Himalayas’ longest, sitting beneath Cho Oyu (the sixth-highest mountain in the world). The glacier, which flows rather slowly, deposits into a meltwater lake named Spillway.