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.

Franz Josef Glacier

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.

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