Melting Ice Cap

Melting ice forms waterfalls on the Austfonna Ice Cap.

This award-winning photo by Thomas Vijayan shows waterfalls of ice melt off the Austfonna ice cap. The third-largest glacier in Europe, Austfonna is located in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Like other glaciers, it sees rising temperatures and increased melting due to climate change. Vijayan highlights that melting with his focus on the many waterfalls slicing through the ice. All that meltwater contributes to changes in local salinity as well as rising sea levels worldwide. (Image credit: T. Vijayan; via Nature TTL POTY)

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