The Wider Image: Climate change thaws world's northernmost research station
Members of the Ice Memory Foundation work to drill down into the ice and collect two ice cores, at 1,100 meters (3,600 feet) above sea level in the Holtedahlfonna icefield, near Ny-Aalesund, Svalbard, Norway, April 10, 2023. The team was drilling 125 meters into Dovrebreen glacier, hoping to collect two ice cores for studying 300 years of climate records – part of an effort by the non-profit Ice Memory Foundation to collect and preserve ice cores from melting glaciers around the world – and were shocked when the drill, at only 25 meters deep, suddenly sloshed into a massive pool of water. "We did not expect such a huge water flux coming out from the glacier, and this is a clear sign of what is happening in this region," said expedition leader Andrea Spolaor. "The glacier is suffering." REUTERS/Lisi Niesner SEARCH "NIESNER ICE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.