Point Break

PhotographerEdwin Martinez
Entry Description

This was taken in Svalbard, Norway. MonacoBreen is a glacier in one of the fjords of this island. The fast melting of the glacier tongues results in glacier calving. Calving is when chunks of ice break off at the terminus, or end, of a glacier. Ice breaks because the forward motion of a glacier makes the terminus unstable. We call these resulting chunks of ice "icebergs." Presently, glaciers occupy about 10 percent of the world's total land area, with most located in polar regions. Glaciers can be thought of as remnants from the last Ice Age, when ice covered nearly 32 percent of the land, and 30 percent of the oceans. Glacier are becoming less and less due to climate change.