Twenty years. That’s how long Canadian marine biologist and National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen has been documenting “the beauty and the plight” of Earth’s polar regions and oceans. If the following image of a majestic ice cap in Svalbard, Norway is any proof, Nicklen’s dedication has paid off:
An ice cap is a glacier that spans less than 19,000 square miles (50,000 sq. km.). This particular one can be found on the island of Nordaustlandet in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. The ice cap’s waterfalls, though picturesque, are fueled by glacial meltwater—a consequence of global warming.
“As our ship approached the massive ice cap… I was shocked to see a string of waterfalls that straddled the entire expanse of the melting ice,” said Nicklen.
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