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Glacier Ice Caves | Grutas de Gelo

Athabasca Glacier

The Athabasca Glacier is one of so many glaciers in our planet in great danger due to the climate change; it has retreated more than 1 km in the last 100 years. It was heart-breaking thinking that when I visited it, I was contemplating a natural wonder that will not be there for the future generations. The ice-cave in these photos, in the border of the glacier, collapsed a few weeks after I visited it and the place where it was it is not glacier anymore.

During the de-icing, the liquid water streams under the glacier digs the ice, and sometimes shapes open holes and caves that are accessible. Getting inside an ice cave it is like time travelling, having the chance to witness the ancient ice formed thousands of years ago, and its tragic end.

When I got inside this ice cave, I felt amazement and adrenaline. I was so lucky for being there: it was pure beauty, the blues were so intense and the ice so bright.

The conditions inside the cave were difficult (it was impossible to walk stand up in the most of it) and my friends and I were very aware to any possible sound that could indicate some glacier movement. It is always risky getting inside a glacier cave. The glaciers are living structures that change continuously and the global warming has accelerated even more the de-icing and the unpredictability of its movements.

I was very fortunate for being there, photographing a stunning place that does not exists anymore and capture its vulnerability and its last splendour.

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