October 3, 2014
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Photograph by Michael Runkel, Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis
On the remote west coast of the South Island—the wettest part of New Zealand—the rain feeds a tangle of dense growth on the narrow strip of land between sea and mighty Southern Alp peaks, while up high, compacting snow creates the Fox and Franz Josef (seen here) glaciers. These rivers of ice flow almost to the sea and are among the world's most accessible glaciers.
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