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It seems an unlikely place to find such a symbol of romance. But Mother Nature chose this bleakly beautiful Arctic landscape to leave her mark in the form of a stunning heart-shaped lake.
It has emerged as climate change melted the glacier that covered the area. Blocks of ice trapped during the glacier’s retreat caused the ground to cave in, creating a heart-like hollow, some 120ft by 90ft, that then filled with rainwater or snow melt.
The picture was taken by French photographer Bruno Mazodier on Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago.
The Norwegian island 620 miles from the North Pole is the most northerly inhabited-place on Earth, although people are outnumbered by polar bears.
Dr Bryn Hubbard, of Aberystwyth University, said: ‘The glaciers all through this island chain have receded, but the heart shape is an anomaly. You would do well to find another.’
It’s a sight to warm even the coldest of hearts.
On wobbly young legs, they emerge blinking into the early spring sunlight, amazed at a world where everything is a new adventure.
These polar bear cubs, just eight weeks old, are taking their very first steps outside their birth den under the watchful eye of their protective mother, braving the chill Arctic wind and facing the threat of predators for the first time.
After emerging, this young family were on the move very rapidly.
Read more and see more pictures: Look Mum, it’s been snowing… The first steps of the polar cubs
Program Teams Young, Old To Get Through Winter
Milford residents worried about shoveling themselves out after a storm need not worry, thanks to the Rent-A-Kid program.
Resident Teresa Ruffo, 75, said she doesn’t worry about who’s going to shovel anymore. She said that when wintry weatehr takes its toll, 12-year-old David Foster is there to handle the job.
“Every time it snows, I call Teresa,” Foster said. “I look forward to it because I feel it’s helping her and it’s making it easier to be here. It snows a lot here, so I can’t imagine her doing this herself.”
The end result is some cash in kids’ pockets and a happy neighbor like Ruffo.
“I’m very happy with David, and I’m very happy with the program,” Ruffo said. “I think it’s a wonderful program because we will use him also in the summer if he’s available.”
Read more and watch this story: Unable To Shovel? Just Rent-A-Kid
Photo: Flickr user wenjomatic
On a snowy Thursday night it takes a little effort to get around. Of course, it could be worse. You could be Sheldon Anderson.
“Oh yeah,” laughs the mayor of Wyoming, Minnesota. “I’m not going any place.”
In his third term as mayor, Anderson is a familiar face in city hall. This week he’s on top of it.
“They’ll be snowmobiles and plows tonight so it will be a little noisier,” says Anderson from within his camping tent atop the one-story Wyoming City Hall.
The mayor ascended to the roof on Monday to raise money for the Forest Lake Area Teen Center — pledging to stay up for seven days.
Weighing on his mind more than the weather is the pace that donations have been coming in. He raised $40,000 on the roof last year. With the worsening economy, this year he’s not even close.
Read more and watch that story: Mayor rides out snowstorm on top of city hall