On Saturday a few friends and I went to the Athabasca Glacier and while we were there, we of course took some jumping photos -- some that turned out nicely and others that didn't quite have the desired effect. OK. Fine. You caught me. I was the only who didn't achieve the desired effect.
It was my second time on the glacier. Although the last time was when I was 17, so it was almost like being there for the first time all over again. For those of you who haven't been (most of you, I would assume), when you get to the Icefields Centre they load you into a special snow coach and then you drive (slowly!) onto the glacier. Once there, you're allowed to get out and walk around on the ice.
The most interesting and scary thing about the glacier is that each year it recedes by two to three meters. In the last 125 years, it's receded by 1.5 kilometres! That's scary because glaciers are the largest reservoir of fresh water on earth. So as they recede, we are losing my favourite beverage!! Bad news bears. Currently the Athabasca Glacier is about six kilometres long and is measured to be between 90 and 300 metres thick (300-980 feet). Isn't that crazy! It's nearly 1,000 feet thick. That's about 200 of me!
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