Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Gorgeous Ice Cave in Kamchatka

This surreal-looking ice cave is located on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia. The almost kilometer long tunnel was formed by a hot water spring flowing beneath the glacial ice fields on the flanks of the nearby Mutnovsky volcano. Because glaciers on Kamchatka volcanoes have been melting in recent years, the roof of this cave is now so thin that sunlight penetrates through it, eerily illuminating the icy structures within.

The Kamchatka Peninsula, in the far east of Russia, is a region of exceptional natural beauty with its large symmetrical volcanoes, lakes, wild rivers and spectacular coastline. The peninsula has only been recently explored due to it remaining off-limits to foreigners until the 1990s. The modest human exploitation has kept the peninsula and its flora in largely pristine condition.

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via EPOD and Denis Bud'ko

13 comments:

  1. its really nice, but its snow, not ice, like on a glacier.. fairbanks alaska ice caver....

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    1. Hey idiot, just like this cave glaciers are made of ice.

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  2. photoshp. even the river looks frozen

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  3. That's not photoshop genius, learn about photography before please. The silk water appearance is due to long time exposures. This is necessary when light conditions are poor, check the pictures with the open sky, there is no 'frozen river'

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  4. amazing, again nature never ceases to amaze

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  5. Yo estuve en un sitio similar en Islandia. Pero no entramos ni 5 metros, nos aconsejaron no entrar (mejor dicho, nos lo prohibieron). Un año antes habia fallecido un chico atrapado en la nieve..

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  6. That's just amazing! I want to be there

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