We already have an idea of many of the most beautiful canyons in the world, but in this article you will get to know a completely different type of canyon that has formed in glaciers. This glacier is located in New Zealand and is called the Franz Josef Glacier, in honor of the Austro-Hungarian emperor.
Photographer Jackie Dickert speaks with admiration of the incredible beauty of the glacial formations, which are a bit like the sandy expanses of the canyons of the US Southwest.
In the Maori language, the name of the glacier is Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere, which means tears of Hinehukatere. The legend says that one girl named Hinehukatere loved to walk in the mountains, and one day she called her lover, Vawa, to the mountains, but he was killed by an avalanche. Hinehukatere cried so hard that her tears flowed like a river down the mountain and formed a glacier.
The glacier is 12 km long and ends 19 km from the Tasman Sea. The glacier was moving until 2007, which indicated that it was growing.
However, as of 2010, the glacier has receded. It is possible that the reason for this is global warming. Currently, many glaciers are subject to this problem.
It is believed that as early as 10,000 — 15,000 years ago, Franz Joseph reached the sea. The retreat of the glacier has been going on for many decades.
Many scientists believe that the glacier will lose 38% of its mass by 2100. Luckily, we have a picture of Jackie to remind us of how amazing he looks.