Hikers climb a massive glacier in Svalbard. The group of people is hiking in the upper left-hand corner of the photograph. Looking as small as ants compared to the enormous expanse of this magnificent glacier. The ice has many shades of blue from luminous light blue to a deep navy. Since the group of people hikes on the left of the glacier, this balances the whole photograph. The ice shows many jagged shapes that create much texture. For hikers to climb a glacier is very popular. Nevertheless, it is better to hire an experienced guide to climb glaciers in Svalbard.
The Svalbard islands have the densest population of glaciers in the world. The glaciers situated here behave very differently compared to normal glacier behavior. There will advance massively for a few years and then quickly withdraw. They remain stagnant between 50 – 100 years before they once again start to develop quickly.
At least one out of every five glaciers on Svalbard pulsates. The standard statistic across the world is one hundred. That means that pulsating glaciers are twenty times more common on Svalbard than in the rest of the world. A pulsating glacier is one that rapidly advances, then quickly retreats, and then remaining still for a while. A process that repeats periodically.
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