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1,000-Foot Deep Glacier Hole Covered By Layer Of Ice

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This is a giant hole in the Lower Ruth Glacier in Alaska photographed by National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey. Apparently there's only a layer of transparent ice covering the potential 1,000-foot drop to hell frozen over. I would have jumped up and down on it harder than I do in crowded elevators.

Staring down what could be a 1,000ft deep worm hole through the blue ice of the Lower #RuthGlacier. I was never afraid of the ones full of water, they'd just be cold, but some had no water and it was easy to imagine a long slide to an icy death. #yikes (on assignment for @natgeo in #DenaliNationalPark)

How did the ice form on top of the hole? Can somebody explain that to me? Was there water in the hole that retreated? I'm sorry, I'm not a very smart man. You know what I got on my last IQ test? Pancake syrup (I insisted on taking it at IHOP).

Thanks to dennis, who told me he has friends that he guarantees would have stood in the middle and smacked it with a hammer for $20. Man, I wish I had more friends like that.

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  • RedFishBlueFish

    "Ten to one it's the power source for this place. All I need to do now is to find the light switch. Or the plug. Or the fuse box. Or whatever makes this thing work... An instruction manual might help! Maybe a map. And I could use a sandwich. And a hot jukebox and a cold beer!"

  • zin

    "...1,000ft deep worm hole..."
    Ok, so, it seems pretty obvious to them that this used to be the home of a sandworm until it decided to go look for a sock.

  • JMeyer47

    This guy is surrounded by ice holes!

  • JoeClunge

    Surely it's full of water? How else does the ice form?

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    It could have been full of water and them the water were drained someway leaving a thin sheet of ice over a huge hole

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    Bet there's a stargate down there.... or perhaps a control chair and some drones...

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  • Luka Mlinar

    Or an Alien pyramid.

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