In New Zealand, glacier hikes melt away

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In New Zealand, glacier hikes melt away

Warming in New Zealand affects environment and tourism
Tourists who have taken a helicopter trip onto the Fox Glacier in New Zealand follow a guide. The Fox and Franz Josef glaciers have been melting at such a rapid rate that it has become too dangerous for tourists to hike onto them from the valley floor, ending a tradition that dates back a century.
About 80,000 tourists a year take flights to participate in guided glaciers walks on Franz Josef (pictured) and Fox glaciers, about half the number that once hiked up from the valley floor.
An ice crevasse on the Fox Glacier in New Zealand. The glacier is formed by winds that dump snow into a high-altitude basin. The snow compacts into ice and travels downhill about 13 feet each day.
Wayne Costello, a district operations manager for the Department of Conservation, explains how the ice has retreated at the Franz Josef Glacier.
Tourists who have taken a helicopter trip onto the Fox Glacier climb through a hole in the ice in New Zealand.
Tourists relax at the end of the track at the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand.

In New Zealand, glacier hikes melt away

Tourists who have taken a helicopter trip onto the Fox Glacier in New Zealand follow a guide. The Fox and Franz Josef glaciers have been melting at such a rapid rate that it has become too dangerous for tourists to hike onto them from the valley floor, ending a tradition that dates back a century.
About 80,000 tourists a year take flights to participate in guided glaciers walks on Franz Josef (pictured) and Fox glaciers, about half the number that once hiked up from the valley floor.
An ice crevasse on the Fox Glacier in New Zealand. The glacier is formed by winds that dump snow into a high-altitude basin. The snow compacts into ice and travels downhill about 13 feet each day.
Wayne Costello, a district operations manager for the Department of Conservation, explains how the ice has retreated at the Franz Josef Glacier.
Tourists who have taken a helicopter trip onto the Fox Glacier climb through a hole in the ice in New Zealand.
Tourists relax at the end of the track at the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand.
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