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Monday, 6 April 2015

Glacier

Glaciers store between 70% and 80% of all the freshwater on the planet. 99% of those glaciers are in the polar regions.


Greenland's Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the biggest glacier outside of Antarctica.

Matanuska Glacier, a valley glacier in the US state of Alaska, is the largest glacier accessible by car in the country, measuring 27 miles (43 km) long by 4 miles (6.4 km) wide.

“Blood Falls” - a glacier in Antarctica - pours out red liquid, making it look like it's bleeding (it’s actually oxidised saltwater).

The Siachen glacier is the highest battleground on earth, where India and Pakistan have fought intermittently since April 13, 1984. Both countries maintain permanent military presence in the region at a height of over 20,000 feet.

A snowflake that falls on a glacier in central Greenland can take 200,000 years, to reach the sea.

Glaciers contain around 69% of the world's fresh water supply, while rivers, lakes, swamps, and similar bodies only contain a combined 0.3%.

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