Kamchatka Ice Cave

This surreal-looking ice cave is located on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia.
A guide and a group of photographers found these caves by chance in late 2012. It was only by accident that the caves were discovered in the first place, the guide was said to have taken a route that was outside his usual plans. This same guide said that he would have trouble finding it now during the winter there is more that a meter of grey and dirty snow covering the entrance.

What resulted was some of the most mesmerising images as you can see, but I’ll let them speak for themselves. Don’t be misconstrued by the Disneyesque light show, this is nature on show, a natural refraction of light producing all the magical colors of the rainbow on the roves of these caves. The caves look to be the work of a skilled craftsman, but is the work of the underground river sourced from a volcanic hot spring.

The almost kilometer long tunnel was formed by a hot water spring flowing beneath the glacial ice fields on the flanks of the nearby Mutnovsky volcano. 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.

It’s hard to find many places in the world like this, visitors have said that the whole landscape shifts and groans as if it were alive with a beating heart. With this beating heart it will forever change. This thousand year old cave will constantly be exposed to the strong winters that Siberia throws at it so who knows what it will look like next year?

Source: amusingplanet.com & 56thparallel.com

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