[CBC뉴스] 지난 10일 스위스 알프스의 고지대 빙하 위에 자연적으로 형성된 얼음 동굴이 해마다 달라지는 "얼음 성당"에 들어가기를 열망하는 자연 애호가들과 사진 작가들에게 공개되었습니다.
약 5미터 높이의 두꺼운 얼음으로 만들어진 둥근 천장을 가진 푸르스름한 동굴의 길이는 약 20미터이다.
An ice cave, which forms naturally on a high-altitude glacier in the Swiss Alps, was accessible on Thursday (December 10) to the delight of nature lovers and photographers keen to enter the "Ice Cathedral", which varies each year.
The bluish cave, with a rounded ceiling made of thick ice about 5 metres high, is about 20 metres long.
The "unique show" from inside the tunnel is accessible by foot in 15 minutes from the chairlift at Glacier 3000 above the resort of Les Diablerets, but at your own risk, organisers said.
"It's the first time we indicate it and open it officially. The last years, since three or four years, we had kind of an ice cave but it was different, it was more steep. And this year it looks like an ice cathedral, so it's really beautiful," Bernhard Tschannen, CEO of Glacier 3000, told Reuters inside the cave.
The natural cave, also known as "The Mill," forms through a siphon effect. Each spring and summer, the cavity fills with water from the snow melt, forming a lake. In autumn, the plug disappears and the water drains, leaving the cave.
"It's magnificent, but even that isn't the right word. I've never seen anything like it, almost as if it's not of this world in fact. It's magnificent, I can only recommend it if you have the chance to go," Helen Tromp, a Dutch woman living nearby said after visiting.
Brice Rozes, touring the site on his day off, said: "It's very impressive. The vault is incredible. Standing beneath it, you can just imagine the weight above. It's beautiful."
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