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Sign of the times

By Johnnybairdphotography
From my last post (The Breiðamerkurjökull glacier ice caves) we follow the journey of ice to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Standing on an iceberg I maneuvered into position, I experienced something new – having to kick icebergs away that were trying to knock my tripod! One large slab of ice was particularly persistent in its attempts.

As pretty as this scene may be, it hides an ugly truth, and this post has more of a serious point to it. As glaciers recede, the eroded space fills with glacial melt water. As ice shears off the ablation zone (the end of the glacier), large chunks enter the lagoon. Though beautiful to look at, they are a sign of the times.
Increased global temperatures have caused glaciers to recede at an alarming rate, and as such these lagoons are ever expanding. Ultimately once glaciers disappear these lagoons, with their massive chunks of ice, will become only fjords. Iceland itself is loosing 11 billion tonnes of ice per year.

For one month (18th March to 18th April 2018), any print (or multiple prints) sold from my website, will have the profits donated to The Green Peace Environmental Trust. Ultimately, the best thing you can do is to reduce your own carbon footprint to help protect our Home.

In the next post we will see the final stop for ice, after it has spent some 5 years floating in the lagoon.

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Tags: Ice Night photography Aurora Iceland Northern lights Aurora borealis Iceberg Reflection in water Landscape and travel Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon

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18 Mar 2018 10:59PM
A beautiful sight Johnny. Pam
19 Mar 2018 1:31PM
Excellent image!

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