Encore - Kamchatka Ice Cave

November 04, 2017


Today and every Saturday Earth Science Picture of the Day invites you to rediscover favorites from the past. Saturday posts feature an EPOD that was chosen by viewers like you in our monthly Viewers' Choice polls. Join us as we look back at these intriguing and captivating images.

Photographer: Marc Szeglat
Summary Authors: Marc Szeglat

December 2012 Viewer's Choice The photo above shows a surreal-looking ice cave on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia. It was formed by a stream flowing from the hot springs associated with the Mutnovsky volcano. This stream flows beneath glacial ice on the flanks of Mutnovsky. Because glaciers on Kamchatka volcanoes have been melting in recent years, the roof of this cave is now so thin that sunlight penetrates through it, eerily illuminating the icy structures within. Photo taken on September 12, 2012.

Photo Details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS 600D; Lens: 17-70mm; Focal Length: 17mm; Aperture: f/2.8; Exposure Time: 6.000 s; ISO equiv: 100.