By Dean Murray via SWNS
As the world experiences record heat - shocking scenes show a glacier crumbling into the sea this month.
Photographer and guide Paul Goldstein was leading a tour in Spitsbergen, north Norway, when a huge chunk of the Monaco glacier fell into the water.
The calving event, on 7 July, saw many tons of ice splashing into the water and forming a sizeable wave.
Paul, from Wimbledon, believes warmer global temperatures are having a negative effect on the ice in the region.
He explains: "Spitsbergen is one of my favourite destinations in the world; a combination of polar bears, ice and glaciers make it potent photographically.
"I first visited the Monaco glacier almost 20 years ago and it is distressing to see how much it has retreated, perhaps as much as a kilometre.
"Warmer temperatures leave indelible marks on such a staggeringly beautiful ice front."
"These images show not only the remarkable beauty of this breathtaking glacier complex, but also the precarious nature of such an ecosystem.
"Currently, most of Europe and indeed many areas of the world are reporting record temperatures. Spitsbergen is no exception.
"There are strict rules on distance from glaciers when in a Zodiac rib (rigid inflatable boat), but it is still a shock when thousands of tons of ice 'calve' with an artillery-like crump.
"Suddenly, as the concussion hits you, compressed glacial ice perhaps 20,000 years old is revealed for the first time and it seems to cover most of the blue and turquoise colour chart.
"Impressive, exciting, wildly dramatic but also sad. When will governments listen?"
Paul Goldstein was guiding on a small ice vessel in Spitsbergen, He guides wildlife photographers all over the world.
Spitsbergen is the largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago in northern Norway.
Stories and infographics by ‘Talker Research’ are available to download & ready to use. Stories and videos by ‘Talker News’ are managed by SWNS. To license content for editorial or commercial use and to see the full scope of SWNS content, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or submit an inquiry via our contact form.
Drone captures close-up footage of epic volcano eruption
"The drone flew right through it! Literally as close as it could get. It even got hit by lava!"
Bronze medal from first modern Olympic Games auction off for nearly $30,000
By Adam Dutton via SWNS A 126-year-old bronze medal from the first ever international Olympic Games in 1896 has sold...
Doorbell cam captures joyful moment woman and missing cat are reunited
"We were so glad to know he was safe."
Most people polled say celebs inspire them to overcome obstacles
This story version has been formatted as an on-air script for broadcast outlets. See the original research story here. THREE...
Most women only know FIVE of the 62 symptoms of menopause
A common misconception among all women polled is that the menopause runs across many years.
- Animals2 days ago
Massive mastiff who lived in rescue center for most of his life finds new home
- Animals2 hours ago
Dramatic moment hungry heron snatches rat from water
- Tech6 days ago
‘World first’ hybrid seaglider vehicle completes test flights
- Studies1 day ago
Study: Younger men have harder time accepting women’s rights
- Outer Space6 days ago
Otherworldly images captured at SpaceX launch
- Animals6 days ago
Labrador pups dumped on side of road to be trained as sniffer dogs
- Mental Health6 days ago
Study explores how the pandemic changed our personalities
- Weather6 days ago
Whole neighborhoods flooded as Hurricane Ian makes its way through Florida