Although the large glaciers of New Zealand begun to retreat in times of global warming they still remain an impressive sight that is expressed in these huge cerracs. The deep crevices that form the cerracs develop when fast moving glaciers are transported over steep and complex terrain. The fast movement of these glaciers are an expression for the vast yearly amount of precipitation. The Southern Alps at 3700 m act as a weather-barrier for the low-pressure systems coming in from the Roaring Forties. This glacier reaches a flow velocity up to three meters per day which is extremely fast. Within 15 minutes one can see and hear the glacier moving by.
March 2001
Pentax MZ5, Sigma 70-300mm, f/8, 1/250sec, Kodak Ektachrome E6, ISO 100, polarization filter, tripod