Glacier caves – the Amber Rooms of nature. These beautiful arrangements of cyanic blues allow a look back into the history of these glacier. The striking black lines tell a long rigmarole from past volcanic eruptions. Although beautiful creatures these caves emerge for sad reasons. Through global warming, melting water often runs under, through or on top of a glacier. Melting water on the glacier’s surface enters the ice through moulins – long, often vertical ducts – and exits through a glacier’s “mouth” at the base level. The warmer water entering the moulins causes further melting and creates air-filled cavity.
While water formed the beginning of the glaciers, the melting water is the harbingers of their decay. As such, the beauty of these ice creatures are volatile and fading.
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