Melting glacier, Svalbard

Melting glacier, Svalbard

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Caption: Meltwater from a glacier cascading over a cliff of dolerite. Dolerite is a mass of molten magma that intruded between layers of limestone from the carboniferous period. Some of the snow and ice is stained red (forming so-called pink snow) by Chlamydomonas nivalis, an algae that thrives under cold conditions. Photographed in Spitsbergen, Svalbard.

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