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    A group of students explore the frozen landscape of the Upper Tasman Glacier in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. The most shocking thing about glaciers is the illusion that they give of geologic permanence while simultaneously disappearing at an unprecedented rate due to climate change. Nothing puts human impact on the planet in perspective more than standing on a colossal section of ice, far larger than most humans can comprehend, and imagining that it could all be gone within my lifetime.
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    Perfect placement of the hikers, exposure and composition. The location doesn’t hurt either, fantastic!

    Keith Ladzinski
    National Geographic Photographer
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Jul 4, 2016
    Date Uploaded: Jul 20, 2016
    Location: Aoraki Mount Cook, Canterbury, New Zealand
    Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    Focal Length: 47 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec
    Aperture: f/16
    ISO: 200
    Copyright: © Syler Peralta-Ramos
    Categories: Nature
    Assignments: Your Outdoor Adventure
    Contests: 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year, 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year