Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier

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The Franz Josef and Fox glaciers are unusual in that they terminate at such a low altitude (300m above sea level) and are surrounded by rainforest. The Franz Josef glacier has retreated on average over the last 70 years, although at times it has advanced at a rate of 70cm per day. It is believed to have extended to the sea around 15,000 years ago.

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A: Below Fanz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

od Martin Broomfield, 60 meters away

The Franz Josef Glacier, Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere in Māori, is a 12 km long and is located in Westla...

Below Fanz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

B: Franz Josef from terminal moraine

od Asset Imaging Photography, 80 meters away

On top of the terminal Moraine Standing on this pile of loose rock left behind by the glacier gives a...

Franz Josef from terminal moraine

C: Approaching Franz Joseph Glacier

od John Wood, 110 meters away

Approaching Franz Joseph Glacier

D: Franzjosef2

od Asset Imaging Photography, 140 meters away

Franzjosef2

E: Franz Josef Glacia

od Seungsang Yoo(유승상), 210 meters away

The Franz Josef (Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere in Māori)] is a 12 km long glacier located in Westland Nat...

Franz Josef Glacia

F: On the trail to Franz Josef Glacier

od John Wood, 1.2 km daleko

The Franz Josef Glacier lies on the South Island of New Zealand. The trail is busy on a warm summer d...

On the trail to Franz Josef Glacier

G: Franzjosef1

od Asset Imaging Photography, 1.2 km daleko

Franzjosef1

H: Fanz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

od Martin Broomfield, 1.2 km daleko

The Franz Josef Glacier, Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere in Māori, is a 12 km long and is located in Westla...

Fanz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

I: Franz Josef

od Seungsang Yoo(유승상), 1.2 km daleko

Franz Josef

J: Franzjosef Lookout

od ben-knill, 1.9 km daleko

Franzjosef Lookout

This panorama was taken in New Zealand, Polynesia

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Forever has always existed.

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Text by Steve Smith.

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