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Abstract Aerial Photos of Melting Glaciers in Iceland


“Glacier Pools” is a photo series by German photographer Tom Hegen, who flew over melting glaciers in Iceland in a helicopter and captured abstract aerial views of the pools that form in the outwash plains.

“These Glacier Pools occur when a chunk of ice breaks off of a retreating glacier and embeds itself in the ground,” Hegen writes. “When it melts, it forms what is called a kettle pond.”

“In freshly deglaciated areas, such as around the melting glaciers in Iceland, there are dozens of small pools in the outwash plains,” Hegen says. “The lake colors indicate amounts of sediment or depth: the Deeper or clearer the water, the bluer the lake.”

You can find more of Hegen’s work on his website and Instagram.

Image credits: Photographs by Tom Hegen and used with permission