Glacial milk

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Aug 27 2017

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Category: New Zealand, Oceania

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It can be white, but also grey or turquoise, depending on the mineral composition of the rock that is ground by the glacier on its slow way down. The rock flour collected in the melt water of the glacier is so fine that it remains suspended, giving the water its cloudy (milky) look. Here in the Hokitika river on New Zealand’s South Island the rock flour turns the stream of water into a beautiful turquoise blue necklace stretched out in a landscape of rocks and forests between glacier and ocean.


Photos of the week: Hokitika river and gorge, West Coast South Island, New Zealand 2013

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