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Melting Tasman Glacier

Melting Tasman Glacier

The Tasman Glacier is 27 kilometres long and up to 3 kilometres wide, making it New Zealand’s largest glacier. Due to rising average temperatures the glacier is melting, adding millions of litres of water to the Waitaki River system. These people are standing beneath its retreating edge.

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Alpine Recreation
Photograph by Gottlieb Braun-Elwert

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury places - Aoraki/Mt Cook', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11441/melting-tasman-glacier (accessed 16 September 2019)

Story by John Wilson, updated 17 Aug 2015