Photographer's Note

The Aletsch glacier at over 23 km or so in length is the longest in Europe. Last weekend I had the incredible experience of seeing it close at hand and walking on it.

Although we think of ice as a solid, the glacier behaves like a river in slow motion. The water is in a dynamic equilibrium; some of the ice is continuously melting to water while some of the water is freezing to ice. Although it felt firm and solid under our feet, the glacier is moving continuously, and here close to Korkordiaplatz its velocity reaches about 200m per year.

This part of the glacier was relatively easy to traverse, with few crevasses. What I found most remarkable was the constant sound of rushing water, and the whole feeling of life and movement in what from a distance appeared static and frozen.

For another more distant view of the glacier which I took two years ago and looking down on it, click here

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