Beneath This Glacier Lies An Incredible Underground City

Beneath This Glacier Lies An Incredible Underground City

Head towards the direction of Juneau, the capital of Alaska. Just a few miles from the city center is the Mendenhall Valley, where a 19-kilometer-long glacier is the main tourist attraction of the region.

Every year, thousands of people climb this glacier to discover an impressive and beautiful place. The latter hides an incredible ice cave that offers visitors an unforgettable experience. They can then observe an amazing like landscape with an air of an ice palace straight out of a fairy tale.

The Mendenhall Caves are the result of the gradual melting of the glacier. In 2012, much of the glacier melted. It was then that some tunnels carved out by the runoff of water were revealed - and in some places, there were even rivers discovered.

On the other hand, in order to discover the Caves of Mendenhall it's necessary to be motivated! To reach them, you need to take a kayak then climb the high glacier with by foot. But everything is worth it when you come to know the beauty of the place.

A threatened area:

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Unfortunately, each year, the size of the glacier decreases due to global warming. It's become a little slower and the scene could be less impressive in the years to come. For now, this melting linked to global warming exposes the wonders it contains, but it could be, in the long term, a much more dramatic threat...

So - a tip: if you have the opportunity, don't wait to go to the Mendenhall Glacier, as it is worth the trip and may become less and less visible as time goes by.

• Sophie West
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