Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Experts Say Popular Yukon Ice Cave Seriously Unstable, Close to Collapse

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Experts Say Popular Yukon Ice Cave Seriously Unstable, Close to Collapse

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Unique Yukon ice cave close to collapse: experts

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WHITEHORSE - Experts say a unique, cave-like tunnel formed by a retreating Yukon glacier remains a popular tourist attraction but is no longer safe to enter and may collapse soon.

The Kluane ice cave, about 170 kilometres west of Whitehorse, has been attracting visitors for years, but the Yukon Geological Survey is now warning adventurers not to walk under the huge, bluish ice arch.

Geologist Jeff Bond says the cave has shown serious instability in recent years and has become a hazard.

Slabs of ice weighing hundreds of kilograms routinely crash from the roof and Bond says that could be an indication of a structural shift caused by subterranean motion.

Experts believe the cave was carved by water flowing under the once massive glacier, but the arch remained as the ice receded toward Mount Archibald and the Kluane ice fields leading to Mount Logan, Canada's highest peak. …

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