Svalbard, Norway

Fuglefjorden glacier flowing into the Arctic sea. The rising sun lights softly the tips of the mountains in a beautiful orange color. Terrific colorful clouds float in the sky, which let the blue sky shine through beautifully.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 7 April, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/16
  • Exposure time: 1/320s
  • ISO: 500
  • Focal Length: 17mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4985 by 2804 pixels (WxH).

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Fuglefjorden glacier flowing into the Arctic sea. The impressive sunrise sun illuminates the tips of the mountains into a soft orange light. Beautiful clouds float in the sky, which let the blue sky shine through here and there. In the foreground, you see the reflection of the colorful sky between the pack-ice on the water surface.

Fuglefjorden glacier is in Spitsbergen, Norway. When a glacier retreats and carves a U-shape valley in the landscape, it creates a fjord. That takes many years, of course. It is resulting in the sea filling the valley floor. We describe it as a deep valley, usually narrow and steep-sided, extended below sea level, and naturally filled with seawater.

Some interesting facts about glaciers:

  • To be classified as a glacier, it has to be 0.1 square kilometers. Nearly the size of 19 football fields.
  • The biggest glacier in the world is 96 kilometers / 60 miles wide and 435 kilometers / 270 miles long.
  • Indeed, they contain about 69% of the world’s freshwater supply.
  • A glacier can move over 15 meters / 50 feet per day.
  • During the last Ice Age, they covered 1/3 of the Earth’s surface.
  • Unlike other colors, blue light can penetrate snow and ice, thus giving them a blue appearance.
  • Occasionally they can form over active volcanoes.

Incredibly, if every glacier and ice sheet on earth melted, the seas levels would rise by over a whopping 79 meters/ 260 feet. We estimate that Alaska has over 100,000 glaciers.

Please explore more like this photo of the Fuglefjorden glacier in Svalbard. Discover our Arctic circle photographs.

 

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