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Spectacular ICE Caves

dainikbhaskar.com | Dec 15, 2012, 11:53AM IST
Spectacular ICE Caves

The spectacular ice caves deep below a Swiss glacier have been mapped, photographed and surveyed for the first time. Let's get a sneak peak into it.


 


'Isn't it amazing?' This is what the eight team members said when they entered the ice caves below the Gorner Glacier in Switzerland.


 


 


Tough time
 
The team camped for six days and spent two days digging a path down to the glacier. Their camp was about an hour away from the glacier, so they got up at 5 A.M. to get ready to spend at least eight hours on the glacier. The ice caves gave a tough chase to the team members when they broke into the Moulin's (vertical shafts) at the entrance of the cave. Here the shafts were up to 65ft deep. The temperature here some times dropped down to -18 degrees.
 

Benefits of the findings
 
The trip will help researchers to get a better understanding of glaciers and their rate of melting. The team says, 'The caves were a really bright blue, but looked like "normal"caves.'
 

Fast Facts
 
The glaciers move about 50ft. a year as they melt.
The team had to survive with varying temperatures which could drop to -18 degrees at night. 
The glacier in Switzerland is 8.7 miles long and is the second largest glacial system in the Alps. 


 

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