Find a needle in the glacier

A wonderful thing those glaciers. Just like living creatures, they move. Slowly, but persistently.
For example, Franz Josef and Fox glaciers are one of the most dynamic, so they not only move around 1 meter per day, but also have a turnover time of 5 years. It means that the rain that has fallen on top of the glacier 5 years ago, will become ice, travel down and melt on the bottom of the glacier today. That is considered fast in the world of glaciers.

 

Red moss on the rocks, grey ice behind, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Red moss on the rocks, grey ice behind, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

One would expect only grey rock and white ice, but the area around delights the eye with green vegetation and unusual red moss on the stones that are scattered around the riverbed.
It is difficult to convey the scale of the glacier with just the photograph above it, therefore I'll provide three more.

 

Bottom part of Franz Josef Glacier visible from the ground, a few hundred meters away, New Zealand
Bottom part of Franz Josef Glacier visible from the ground, a few hundred meters away, New Zealand

In this photograph the bottom part of the 12km long glacier is fully visible. There is a microscopic figure of a person visible, but you'll not find it even if I tell you where.

 

Franz Josef Glacier, zoomed in to half the height of the bottom part, New Zealand
Franz Josef Glacier, zoomed in to half the height of the bottom part, New Zealand

This zoomed in photo shows about a half of the previous one. Try to find out where the zoomed-in part is in the previous image. Also, the person becomes visible, positioned at about the center of the photograph, just above the ice staircase running up from the bottom left part.

 

Franz Josef Glacier, zoomed in to quarter the height of the bottom part, New Zealand
Franz Josef Glacier, zoomed in to quarter the height of the bottom part, New Zealand

The biggest zoom brings the most details - the staircase is clearly visible and the person is not difficult to spot in the top left third of the photograph. Once again, try to find this part of the glacier in the image above.

Glaciers are cool.

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"Glaciers are cool." Have

"Glaciers are cool." Have you licked one? I would have, definitely ...

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Nah,

I didn't.

My courage lasted only for the time needed to touch one. Ran away after that, as stones and ice is constantly falling off the top of the glacier.