“Do you want to hear the most beautiful sound in the world?” asks Morten, my guide. He uses his ax to scrape pieces of gleaming ice from the glacier, and lets then tumble down a deep blue crevasse, the end to which is not in sight. When the ice gently drops into the glacial water, it sounds like delicate chimes, almost like a fantastical Arctic version of fairy dust. Blues and whites and grays blend together in a starkly breathtaking palette atop the Nordenskiöld Glacier that like a giant brushstroke, sweeps up from Billefjorden in the southwest of Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean halfway between Norway (which holds sovereignty over the islands) and the North Pole.
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2014 - ARCTIC BEAR CLEAN WATER CENTER, INC.
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