Ice World: Gallery of Awe-Inspiring Glaciers

Blue Melt

Trift glacier, Switzerland

(Image credit: Romain Schläppy, Paris, France, via Imaggeo)

Meltwaters flow from the Trift glacier in the Swiss alps.

Glacier Sunrise

Puncak Jaya, Indonesia

(Image credit: R. Dwi Susanto, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, via Imaggeo)

Even Indonesia has glaciers — for now, at least. The ice fields of Puncak Jaya in Papua, Indonesia are, like other glaciers worldwide, shrinking

Argentine Ice

Patagonia glaciers

(Image credit: International Space Station. 2003 Upsala Glacier: From the Glacier Photograph Collection. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data)

The Viedma, Agassiz, and Onelli glaciers are visible on this International Space Station photograph of Argentine Patagonia.

Ghosts in a Glacier

Glacial Ice

(Image credit: John Goodge)

A web of cracks in meltwater ice found along the edge of Byrd Glacier in Antarctica. The 85 mile ( 137 kilometers) long glacier flows into the Ross Ice Shelf. About the size of France, the Ross Ice Shelf is the largest ice field in Antartica.

Iceberg Grotto

Antarctic ice cave

(Image credit: Photographic Archive, Alexander Turnbull Library)

A grotto in an iceberg, photographed during the British Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1913. Photographer Herbert Ponting snapped this photograph in January 1911.

Giant Glacier

Antarctica Glacier

(Image credit: Mr. Fred Walton, NOAA)

NOAA researchers took this picture of an enormous glacier while flying over the Antarctic landscape to McMurdo Station.

Ice Arch

Ice Bridge, Antarctica

(Image credit: Glenn Grant, National Science Foundation)

A natural glacial arch at Norsel Point on Anvers Island, Antarctica.

Centuries of Ice

Shackleton Expedition, Antarctica

(Image credit: State Library of New South Wales)

Almost a century ago, Antarctic explorers were awed by the natural ice sculptures they found on the continent. Frank Hurley took this photograph during Ernest Shackleton's "Endurance" Expedition in 1915. The expedition ship became trapped in sea ice during the voyage, forcing the crew to camp on ice for five months. Shackleton and a few crew members eventually took a lifeboat to South Georgia Island for help, a treacherous open-ocean journey that paid off when he was able to rescue all of his men.


Guyot glacier, Alaska

(Image credit: Shad O’Neel, USGS)

Crevasses in the Guyot glacier near Ice Bay, Alaska.

Aletsch Glacier

Switzerland's Aletsch glacier

(Image credit: Frank Paul)

The Aletsch Glacier of Switzerland is the largest in the Alps, but scour marks on the valley reveal that the ice used to extend much higher.

Stephanie Pappas
Live Science Contributor

Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.