In addition to geographers and glaciologists, archaeologists have also proven to be fascinated by these frozen phenomena. Indeed, many historians have flocked to the colder climes of northern Europe and Canada’s upper-most territories, particularly in recent generations. In these places they search for artifacts amongst all of the ice and snow.
But how come these historical relics can be found within the ice? Well, many objects were discarded near one of these formations thousands of years ago and were then blanketed by snow. Thus, they were kept in stasis for centuries – until melting ice revealed them to the world once more.
Global warming, however, increases the rate at which large ice masses melt. This means that historians must act quickly to retrieve any previously frozen ancient treasures, before they are lost for good. In 2013 Albert Hafner, an experienced glacier archaeologist from the University of Bern, warned in an interview with Archaeology magazine, “If [we] don’t do it now, [these artifacts] will be lost.”