New Zealand’s Fox Glacier is getting smaller and its reduction in size is starting to affect the landscape around it.
The latest Massey University survey of the glacier valley has found the valley floor has risen by more than 1 metre in the past two years.
Fox Glacier has retreated rapidly from its level in 2005. The glacier is located on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
A glacier is a large sheet of ice has been melting since 2008, after to reached its peak in 2005.
The reduction in ice is so bad it means that tour operators can no longer take visitors through on foot.
Massey University researcher Sam McColl said the glacier normally helped make the surrounding hill slopes more stable, but as it had retreated parts of the slopes had collapsed.
Dr McColl said this was the first time in 11 years the annual field trip they lead for students was unable to access the glacier.