Tuesday, September 14, 2010
ABC Wednesday: ICE
ABC Wednesday is hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt
We went as a family to New Zealand's most famous glaciers are the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers on the South Island's West Coast. Gouged out by moving ice over thousands of years, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are easily accessible to mountaineers and hikers.
It was daunting to see such massive rivers of frozen ice.
On the West Coast, remnants of the ice age cascade from vast snowfields of the Southern Alps to valley floors just 300 metres above sea level. Nowhere in the world's temperate zones are glaciers so accessible - glaciers cover nearly half the area of the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
Just recently on September the fourth, a Fletcher FU24 aircraft crashed at the end of the runway at Fox Glacier Airport. The crash was New Zealand's worst aviation disaster in 17 years and killed 9.