Glaciers are the most ephemeral part of the landscape, the only bit of geology capable of displaying visible variations during the short time span of one's life.
On the other hand, they are formed by the accumulation of ancient snowfalls and therefore they are the most conspicuous and durable witness of climatic vicissitudes.
A piece of sky plowing the mountains.
It has been known for a long time now that the rivers that flow on them are engulfed by blue chasms and are lost in the depths of the glacier. Yet, it is only recently that glacial-speleologists learnt to follow their paths, slowly deciphering the complex internal structure of glaciers.
These caves, ever-changing like clouds but at the same time as stable as the whirlpools of river, are extraordinarily beautiful, like abysses carved into a shred of sky.
This book tells about them.
La Venta Geographical Association is an Italian team that also includes explorers from Argentina, Mexico and United States.
153 pages, HB